[From the web] Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention -Forum-Asia

34th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention – General Debate Oral Statement Delivered by John Samuel On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Wednesday, 15 March 2017 Mr President, FORUM-ASIA draws the Council’s attention to several deteriorating human rights…

[From the web] Philippine President Encourages War Crimes -HRW

Philippine President Encourages War Crimes Duterte’s Call to ‘Flatten the Hills’ Threatens Civilian Life and Property By Carlos H. Conde Human Rights Watch While attending a memorial service today for four policemen, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte urged the army to “Go ahead, flatten the hills.” In counterinsurgency operations, he said, “anything goes for now. If…

[From the web] The Philippines’ Alarming Death Penalty U-Turn -HRW

The Philippines’ Alarming Death Penalty U-Turn Capital Punishment Bill Could Reach President Duterte’s Desk Soon By Carlos H. Conde The Philippine House of Representatives voted today to reinstate the death penalty for serious drug-related offenses in yet another blow to the country’s deteriorating human rights situation. If the Philippine Senate approves a similar bill as…

[From the web] Never Again, Never Forget -Forum-Asia

Never Again, Never Forget 19 November 2016 The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the burial of Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, the cemetery of national heroes, in the Philippines. The burial of Marcos conveys a distressing message, not only to Filipinos but also to people’s movements all…

[From the web] 7th Asian Regional Human Rights Defenders Forum #AHRDF7 – Keynote by Michel Forst, UN SR on HRDs and Panel of Reactors -Forum-Asia

7th Asian Regional Human Rights Defenders Forum #AHRDF7 – Keynote by Michel Forst, UN SR on HRDs and Panel of Reactors Michel Forst, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (UN SR on HRDs), was the keynote speaker during the opening  session of the 7th Asian Regional Human Rights Defender…

[From the web] Philippine Police Denied US Guns on Rights Concerns Assault Rifle Sale Derailment Targets Abusive ‘War on Drugs’ -HRW

Philippine Police Denied US Guns on Rights Concerns Assault Rifle Sale Derailment Targets Abusive ‘War on Drugs’ Phelim Kine By Phelim Kine Deputy Director, Asia Division @PhelimKine The United States State Department has suspended the sale of 26,000 military assault rifles to the Philippine National Police due to opposition to the sale by Senator Ben…

[From the web] UN human rights review is largely toothless – but it’s giving a boost to Asian civil society groups

UN human rights review is largely toothless – but it’s giving a boost to Asian civil society groups A United Nations initiative reviewing human rights records of countries around the world is indirectly strengthening civil society organisations in Southeast Asia by allowing them to participate in the process. But the groups are still blocked from…

[From the web] Philippine Police Probe Violent Protest Dispersal. Lack of Accountability Fuels Impunity -HRW

Philippine Police Probe Violent Protest Dispersal Lack of Accountability Fuels Impunity By Carlos H. Conde Researcher, Asia Division @condeHRW October 21, 2016 The Philippine National Police have suspended nine officers involved in the violent dispersal of protesters – some of whom were bearing batons and throwing stones – demonstrating in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s…

[From the web] Statement of Support of the World Association for Christian Communication – Asia Region to the Ongoing Peace Negotiations between the GRP and the NDFP

Statement of Support of the World Association for Christian Communication – Asia Region to the Ongoing Peace Negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” – Matthew 5:9 “Let no corrupting talk come…

[From the web] Workers’ group slam Duterte’s defense of police brutality, holds President accountable -BMP

Workers’ group slam Duterte’s defense of police brutality, holds President accountable Socialist workers’ group Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino today lambasted President Rodrigo Duterte’s response to the violent dispersal of protests in front of the US embassy this week, calling it “an act of violence against the people.” “Instead of saying the only thing that must…

[From the web] Philippine Tribal Minorities Demand Justice Duterte has Opportunity to Deliver on Indigenous Rights By Carlos H. Conde

Philippine Tribal Minorities Demand Justice Duterte has Opportunity to Deliver on Indigenous Rights By Carlos H. Conde Researcher, Asia Division @condeHRW Hundreds of indigenous people marched in the streets of Manila on Monday, demanding respect for their basic human rights. They called for the government of President Rodrigo Duterte to drop trumped-up charges brought by…

[From the web] Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda concerning the situation in the Republic of the Philippines

Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda concerning the situation in the Republic of the Philippines October 13, 2016 My Office is aware of worrying reported extra-judicial killings of alleged drug dealers and users in the Philippines, which may have led to over 3,000 deaths in the past three months.  I…

[From the web] Alyansa Tigil Mina’s Response to Chamber of Mines of the Philippines Open Letter cum Paid Ad published in the PDI on September 26, 2016 – ATM

Alyansa Tigil Mina’s Response to Chamber of Mines of the Philippines Open Letter cum Paid Ad published in the PDI on September 26, 2016 First of all, we believe that the paid advertisement by COMP was a rude move to discredit the mining audit reports completed by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Second,…