[Statement] FORUM-ASIA commemorates International Women’s Day 2018 in solidarity with women’s rights and feminist movement

FORUM-ASIA commemorates International Women’s Day 2018 in solidarity with women’s rights and feminist movement The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) joins the international community in commemorating International Women’s Day 2018 and celebrating the fundamental principles of equality and non-discrimination. We express solidarity with all women’s rights and feminist organisations and movements in…

[From the web] FIDH presents 101 statistics on violations of women’s rights -FIDH

On the occasion of International Women’s Rights Day, FIDH is launching a website page presenting 101 shocking statistics on sexist violence and discrimination against women worldwide. This action aims to highlight the depth of male-female inequality and the many areas in which these abuses occur: relationships, marriage, health, work, politics, access to land, media visibility,…

[From the web] Philippine Government Bans Journalist from Presidential Palace Locking Out Rappler News Site Threatens Media Freedoms -HRW

Philippine Government Bans Journalist from Presidential Palace Locking Out Rappler News Site Threatens Media Freedoms By Carlos H. Conde Researcher, Asia Division Human Rights Watch @condeHRW Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration renewed its assault on the media by banning a reporter and the executive editor from the news site Rappler from entering the executive office…

[From the web] Philippines Murderous ‘Drug War’ in ICC Crosshairs UN Investigation Still Urgently Needed -HRW

Philippines Murderous ‘Drug War’ in ICC Crosshairs UN Investigation Still Urgently Needed February 9, 2018 Dispatches By Param-Preet Singh Associate Director, International Justice Program Human Rights Watch @singhp_p The International Criminal Court (ICC) will conduct a “preliminary examination” into killings linked to the Philippine government’s “war on drugs,” the court’s prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced today.…

[From the web] International Criminal Court (ICC) to open preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines

International Criminal Court (ICC) to open preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines Statement of the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Mrs Fatou Bensouda, on opening Preliminary Examinations into the situations in the Philippines and in Venezuela Following a careful, independent and impartial review of a number of communications and reports documenting alleged…

[From the web] Discrimination Against Workers with HIV Amid Epidemic, Weak Government Response to Unlawful Firings, Harassment -HRW

Philippines: Discrimination Against Workers with HIV Amid Epidemic, Weak Government Response to Unlawful Firings, Harassment (Manila, February 9, 2018) – Workers and employees in the Philippines living with HIV who suffer workplace discrimination often do not seek redress, Human Rights Watch said today. The Philippines has the fastest-growing HIV infection rate in the Asia-Pacific region.…

[From the web] Endorse UN Inquiry into ‘Drug War’ Killings Independent Investigation Needed to Clarify Death Toll, Promote Accountability -HRW

Philippines: Endorse UN Inquiry into ‘Drug War’ Killings Independent Investigation Needed to Clarify Death Toll, Promote Accountability (New York, February 1, 2018) – The Philippine government should urgently support the creation of a United Nations-led investigation into the thousands of killings linked to its “war on drugs,” Human Rights Watch said today. A UN-led probe…

[From the web] A Whisper of Accountability in Philippine ‘Drug War’ Rare Prosecution of Police Underscores Need for UN-Led Probe -HRW

A Whisper of Accountability in Philippine ‘Drug War’ Rare Prosecution of Police Underscores Need for UN-Led Probe by Phelim Kine Deputy Director, Asia Division @PhelimKine A Philippine court today filed murder charges against three police officers for the alleged summary execution of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos during an anti-drug operation on August 16 in…

[From the web] Hands off teachers’ union leader! – Solon -ACT Teachers

Hands off teachers’ union leader! – Solon ACT Teachers Party-List Representative France Castro condemned the harassment of Alliance of Concerned Teachers-NCR (ACT-NCR) Union President Joselyn “Ma’am Joy” Martinez by three policemen in civilian clothes in her school, Imelda Elementary School, Malabon using an invalid warrant of arrest today. The policemen, wearing only shorts and slippers,…

[From the web] Duterte Pursues Distraction Over Accountability Administration Claims Human Rights Watch ‘Politicized’ Drug War Killings -HRW

Philippines’ Duterte Pursues Distraction Over Accountability Administration Claims Human Rights Watch ‘Politicized’ Drug War Killings By Phelim Kine Deputy Director, Asia Division @PhelimKine Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Cayetano on Saturday attacked Human Rights Watch for “deliberately misrepresenting” the scale of the killings of President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” to create an “unfair and…

[From the web] Philippine Government Targets ‘Rappler’ for Closure Foreign Ownership Allegations Mask Vendetta Against Critical News Website -HRW

Philippine Government Targets ‘Rappler’ for Closure Foreign Ownership Allegations Mask Vendetta Against Critical News Website By Phelim Kine Deputy Director for Asia Human Rights Watch The Philippine government has ratcheted up its attack on media freedom, threatening the closure of Rappler.com. Rappler is a start-up media platform founded in 2012 that has published numerous investigative…

[From the web] Philippines warned over “massive” impact of military operations on Mindanao indigenous peoples -UNOHCHR

Philippines warned over “massive” impact of military operations on Mindanao indigenous peoples GENEVA (27 December 2017) – The ongoing militarization of Mindanao in the Philippines is having a massive and potentially irreversible impact on the human rights of some of the island’s indigenous Lumad communities, UN experts* have warned. “Thousands of Lumads have already been…