[Statement] Philippines’ Duterte Backpedals on Abusive ‘Drug War’ Police Operations Suspended Over Public Outcry, Trade Threat -HRW

Philippines’ Duterte Backpedals on Abusive ‘Drug War’ Police Operations Suspended Over Public Outcry, Trade Threat Phelim Kine Deputy Director, Asia Division @PhelimKine October 13, 2017 Dispatches Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is finally feeling the heat. On Thursday, he buckled to growing public dismay over his murderous “war on drugs” and ordered a suspension of the…

{Statement] ALG denounces President Duterte’s brazen attacks against the offices of the Chief Justice and the Ombudsman

THE ALTERNATIVE LAW GROUPS (ALG) DENOUNCES PRESIDENT DUTERTE’S BRAZEN ATTACKS AGAINST THE OFFICES OF THE CHIEF JUSTICE AND THE OMBUDSMAN,AND URGES CONGRESS TO BE CIRCUMSPECT AND TO BOLSTER OUR SYSTEM OF CHECKS AND BALANCES We, the Alternative Law Groups (ALG), denounce the brazen assaults against democratic institutions of President Rodrigo Duterte, which undermine the independent…

[Statement] Statement of Overseas Filipinos living in Thailand on the Philippine situation -ANAK

STATEMENT OF OVERSEAS FILIPINOS LIVING IN THAILAND ON THE PHILIPPINE SITUATION 5 October 2017; Bangkok, Thailand As Filipinos based in Thailand, we are outraged and alarmed by the spiraling human rights crisis and political situation in the Philippines under the Duterte administration. With the worsening drug-related killings in the country because of Duterte’s war on…

[Statement] A Plea for Justice, A Cry for Hope -TFDP

A Plea for Justice, A Cry for Hope Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) joins the call, locally and internationally, for accountability of the Philippine State for the widespread extrajudicial killings being perpetrated in the name of the war on drugs and crime. We implore the government to heed the recommendations of the United…

[Statement] On the killings of Kian Delos Santos and Carl Arnaiz and the continuing threat against human rights advocates -ALG

Statement of the Alternative Law Groups (ALG) on the killings of Kian Delos Santos and Carl Arnaiz and the continuing threat against human rights advocates The killings of Kian Delos Santos and Carl Arnaiz by the police and President Rodrigo Duterte’s persistent threats against human rights advocates, including malicious attempts to undermine the Commission on…

[Statement] Reducing CHR’s 2018 Budget to P1,000: Cheapening Human Rights -FIND

PRESS STATEMENT Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND) 12 September 2017 Reducing CHR’s 2018 Budget to P1,000: Cheapening Human Rights The late nationalist legislators Diokno, Tañada, Recto, and Salonga and summarily killed activist desaparecidos must be turning in their graves. The House of Representatives desires to sound the death knell for the Commission on…

[Statement] On Proposed Compressed Work Week -CTUHR

CTUHR Statement On Proposed Compressed Work Week 30 August 2017 While the public mourned and raged on the war on drugs-related killing of Kian Delos Santos, the House of Representatives (HOR) on August 21, 2017 passed the House Bill 6152 (HB6152) or the Compressed Work Week (CWW). HB 6152 as HOR press release described seeks…

[Statement] On House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’ pronouncements against the Commission on Human Rights -AFAD

Statement on House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez’ pronouncements against the Commission on Human Rights The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances (AFAD) is deeply concerned with the recent pronouncements made by Philippine House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez regarding the deprivation of budget, and subsequent abolition of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). The CHR is a body which…

[Statement] “Beyond Disappearance: Chronicles of Courage” -FIND

“Beyond Disappearance: Chronicles of Courage” President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for an investigation into the killing of Grade 11 minor Kian Loyd de los Santos in a police anti-drug operation may make the people temporarily gloss over the repulsive anti-human rights rhetoric he had previously spewed out. Unfazed human rights defenders, however, remain focused on protecting…

[Statement] No To Legalized Impunity Through a Fraudulent Martial Law! -FDC/Palag Na!

No To Legalized Impunity Through a Fraudulent Martial Law! Justice and Solidarity for the Bangsamoro People and Other Victims of State Repression! Despite questionable constitutional grounds and fraudulent claims of gory crimes committed by the so-called Maute “terrorist group”, the Supreme Court recently upheld, by an overwhelming majority, President Duterte’s declaration of Martial Law in…