[Statement] HRW reaction to quo warranto case filed by the Philippine government against ABS-CBN

The quo warranto case filed by the Solicitor General today against ABS-CBN, the country’s largest and most influential network, has all the indications of political harassment. This is clearly an attempt by the Duterte government to intimidate or control ABS-CBN, which has aired and published critical reporting on the government, including its deadly “war on…

[Statement] Rights group expresses concern over reported anomalous DICT disbursements -FMA

The Foundation for Media Alternatives expresses grave concerns over the alleged misuse of confidential funds by the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) for the purpose of conducting surveillance activities. On Monday, February 3, former DICT Undersecretary Eliseo Rio, Jr. confirmed his resignation from the agency, citing the lack of transparency in the disbursement…

[From the web] Creation of JIPCO: Institutionalizing the Massive Workers’ Rights Violations and Re-Affirming the State’s Policy of Cutting Militant Unionism -CTUHR

Labor rights NGO, Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) condemns the creation of the Joint Industrial Peace and Concern Office (JIPCO) in various economic and freeport zones in Central Luzon. “JIPCO is institutionalizing the massive workers’ rights violations in the economic zones. It is also a re-affirmation of the state’s policy of crushing…

[Statement] Threats to development work, threat to people’s right to development -PMPI

Unity Statement We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, are united in our stand against the violation of the people’s right to development thru the continued intimidation, harassment and attacks among human rights and development workers in the Philippines, particularly in the Visayas in general, and in Panay Island in particular. Power dynamics, uneven distribution of…

[Statement] Communities are not Targets: Defend the People -ATM

QUEZON CITY – Alyansa Tigil Mina joins various human rights and advocacy groups in marching to celebrate the International Human Rights Day. They are voicing out their concern on the alarming threats against human rights defenders, caused by the politics of fear perpetuated by the current administration. Global Witness, an international human rights NGO, identified…

[From the web] Statement of Task Force TAMASCO on the 2nd Anniversary of the TAMASCO 8 massacre in South Cotabato

Justice remains elusive two years since the killing of eight members of the T’boli-Manobo indigenous people in Mindanao who are locked in a struggle with a coffee plantation over land. Task Force Tamasco, a group of non-governmental organizations supporting the T’boli-Manobo S’daf Claimants Organization (TAMASCO), condemns the agonizingly slow action of the Department of Environment…

Igiit. Ipagdiwang. Ipahayag! (FREE XP.CON3 DECLARATION)

We, the members of the media, campus journalists, online bloggers, digital activists and human rights defenders and civil society organizations are gathered here today, for the 3rd Freedom of Expression Conference or the FreeXP.Con3, organized by the Human Rights Online Philippines (HRonlinePH) and the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) to discuss the state…

[Statement] Kung gusto natin ng de-kalidad na edukasyon, pakinggan at bigyang-prayoridad ang mga guro -TDC

Nakapanlulumo ang naging resulta ng 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), pandaigdigang pagsusuri sa kakayahan ng mga batang mag-aaral sa Reading Comprehension, Science at Mathematics na sinalihan ng Pilipinas ngayon. Sa 79 na bansang kasali sa pang-78 ang Pilipinas sa Mathematics at Science samantala pang-79 sa Reading. Bagama’t totoong may mga detalye pang hindi…

[Statement] On Duterte’s firing of VP Leni Robredo -HRW

Vice President Robredo barely warmed her seat before President Duterte fired her as co-chairperson of the Interagency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs. Was his offer of involving her in finding solutions to the situation of drugs in the Philippines ever really serious? He didn’t even give Robredo the chance to show what she could do to…