Freedom of Expression Conference Declaration

Freedom of Expression Conference Declaration We, human rights defenders and civil society organizations (CSOs) working for the defense and protection of human rights, gathered in Quezon City, Philippines, during the Freedom of Expression Conference, FreeXP.con organized by the Human Rights Online Philippines (HRonlinePH) on 1-2 December 2017; Reaffirming, that the right to freedom of expression…

[From the web] As Duterte’s betrayal of the people is unmasked, so will political oppression increase. -iDEFEND

As Duterte’s betrayal of the people is unmasked, so will political oppression increase. On a platform of change Duterte won the Presidency. More than one year into his term, change only came in the form of deeper poverty and corruption, betrayed hopes and political suppression. From the promises of eliminating drug trafficking, crime, corruption, ending…

[Statement] A Grave Abuse of Authority -PAHRA

A Grave Abuse of Authority The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) is gravely alarmed by the recent announcement of PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte appointing former Masiu, Lanao del Sur mayor Nasser Pangandaman Jr. as a new member of the Human Rights Victims’ Claim’s Board (HRVCB) without apparent vacancy of post and at this time…

[Statement] PH must take full responsibility on the possible consequences of the risky Dengue Vaccine -MAG

PH must take full responsibility on the possible consequences of the risky Dengue Vaccine The Medical Action Group, a human rights organization of health professionals advocating for the right to health of all, is seriously concerned over the controversy surrounding the suspended P3.5-billion dengue immunization program after the pharmaceutical manufacturer of Dengvaxia revealed the clinical…

[Statement] iDEFEND launches 10 days of Global Action in Defense of the Right to Life, protest against killings and Duterte’s Dictatorship

iDEFEND launches 10 days of Global Action in Defense of the Right to Life, protest against killings and Duterte’s Dictatorship STATEMENT ON THE FORMAL LAUNCH OF THE GLOBAL DAYS OF ACTION IN DEFENSE OF THE RIGHT TO LIFE. December 1-10, 2017 Today iDEFEND launches 10 days of Global Action in Defense of the Right to…

[Statement] Huwag Magpalinlang sa Huwad na Rebolusyon -iDEFEND

Huwag Magpalinlang sa Huwad na Rebolusyon “Rebolusyong Duterte” laban sa oligarkiya sa pulitika at “tanging si Duterte ang makakapamuno dito”. Nangunguna sa pagbabando dito ang koalisyong Tapang at Malasakit ni Presidential Daughter at Davao Mayor Sara Duterte, kasama ang mga namamag-asang makapasok sa pulitika,pati dating rebeldeng sundalo at “rebolusyonaryo”, at ang mga Marcoses. Sisikapin sa…

[Statement] Who’s Afraid of Bonifacio? -DAKILA

Who’s Afraid of Bonifacio? STATEMENT ON THE TOPPLING DOWN OF BONIFACIO STATUE TO PAVE WAY FOR A ROAD PROJECT The artist-activist group DAKILA criticized the toppling down of the Bonifacio statue in Taguig to give way for a road project linking the business districts of Taguig and Ortigas . According to news reports, the Department…

[Statement] On the continued inaction of DENR on the issue of large-scale mining in Manicani Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar -KAMPO

Statement on the continued inaction of DENR on the issue of large-scale mining in Manicani Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar Manicani, a small island off mainland Guiuan, Eastern Samar, hogged both local and national news when protests erupted anew against the recent endorsement by the local governments of the renewal of large-scale mining on the island.…

[Statement] Reclaim, Defend and Promote Human Rights for All at All Times -A Declaration of the Mindanao-wide Conference against Martial Law

Reclaim, Defend and Promote Human Rights for All at All Times A Declaration of the Mindanao-wide Conference against Martial Law We, the 103 Bangsamoro, Mindanao Migrants and Indigenous People delegates of the Mindanao Conference Against Martial Law representing 44 organizations coming from different provinces of Mindanao, have gathered together to discuss our situation and come-up…

[Statement] APEC/ASEAN: Prioritize Rohingya Crisis Leaders Should Also Address Deteriorating Situations in Vietnam, Philippines -HRW

APEC/ASEAN: Prioritize Rohingya Crisis Leaders Should Also Address Deteriorating Situations in Vietnam, Philippines (New York, November 9, 2017) – World leaders meeting for summits in Asia on November 10-14, 2017, should address Burma’s Rohingya crisis and the deteriorating human rights situations in Vietnam, the Philippines, and Cambodia, Human Rights Watch said today. Heads of government…

[Press Release] Teachers Oppose Saturday make-up classes – TDC

Teachers Oppose Saturday make-up classes The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) hit several field offices of the Department of Education (DepEd) for the orders directing the implementation of Saturday make-up classes in lieu of the ‘lost school days’ due to classes suspension in line with ASEAN summit among other disturbances. “Teachers have nothing to do with…

[Statement] Duterte a gross human rights violator – iDEFEND

Duterte a gross human rights violator “Duterte is a gross human rights violator who uses the war on drugs as a tool to impose authoritarian rule in order to inflict unopposed, anti-people economic policies, towards further exacerbating human rights violations against the Filipino nation. He has effectively undermined the spaces and opportunities for engagement with…

[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…