[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] of the Commission on Human Rights on the celebration of International Human Rights Day

[Today], the Commission on Human Rights joins nations and communities everywhere in commemorating International Human Rights Day and the 71st Anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Over seven decades ago, world leaders convened to adopt the UDHR, a declaration that would form the foundations of core human rights treaties…

[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…

[Statement] TDC submitted its proposal to DepEd relative to the teacher-parent incident on live TV

“This incident only shows the vulnerability of our teachers to different forms of abuse. Thus we call on the DepEd to take measures to protect our teachers from harassment, intimidation, threat, violence, extortion and public humiliation. One urgent step is to hire dedicated lawyers to defend our teachers, both for administrative and criminal charges. Meanwhile,…

[Statement] Philippines: Respect freedom of association of activists, ensure thorough investigations -Forum-Asia

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) denounces the recent raids of activist organisations in Manila and Negros Occidental, and the continuous attempts to discredit civil society organisations in the Philippines. FORUM-ASIA calls on the Government and all State agencies to ensure respect for the rights of all individuals involved, including their freedoms…

[Statement] LODI to VP Robredo: Help stop disinformation, misinformation and information manipulation on the drug war

We respectfully recommend to Vice President Leni Robredo that she make it among her top priorities as ICAD co-chair to stop and investigate what is clearly a policy of disinformation, misinformation and information manipulation to justify the drug war, specifically the extrajudicial killings. The people have a right to information, and we are sure the…

[Statement] Assert the right to defend human rights -PAHRA/ iDEFEND

The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) and In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) condemn the recent raids of people’s organizations in Negros and in Manila as well as arrests of activists, as preventive actions against people’s dissent, as government policies continue to result in economic crises, social unrest, unmitigated disasters,…

[Statement] No to disaster profiteering, Yes to people-centered solutions: On the sixth-year anniversary of the Yolanda typhoon -SPARK

Six years ago, typhoon Yolanda made landfall in the country and devastated regions in Southern Luzon and the whole Visayas. Nearly a million shelters were destroyed, displacing more than 4 million families, and severely affecting more than 13 million people. About 6,000 individuals lost their lives, and up to a thousand are still missing. Despite…

[Statement] We demand Trade Justice, Reject RCEP and Corporate Trade Deals! -Trade Justice Pilipinas

Workers, farmers, fishers, indigenous peoples, rural women, and health and trade justice advocates have all come out on the streets over the last few weeks to lead various protest actions across the region against the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement or RCEP—touted as the biggest regional free trade and investment deal. The negotiations are now…