[Statement] Sombath Somphone one year on: 62 NGOs call for a new investigation into his enforced disappearance. -FIDH

Sombath Somphone one year on: 62 NGOs call for a new investigation into his enforced disappearance December 13, 2013 We, the undersigned 62 regional and international organizations, express outrage over the Lao Government’s ongoing failure to shed light on the enforced disappearance of prominent activist and civil society leader Sombath Somphone. December 15, 2013 marks…

[Solidarity] BANGLADESH: Alarming escalation of threats to human rights defenders -The Observatory

BANGLADESH: Alarming escalation of threats to human rights defenders Publication of an international fact-finding mission report Paris-Geneva, November 9, 2013 -As two members of prominent human rights NGO Odhikar will face trial tomorrow in Dhaka in relation to their human rights activities, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an FIDH-OMCT joint programme,…

[Press Release] Lawmakers Want Congress Declared as “Lead-Safe Zone” -EcoWaste Coalition

Lawmakers Want Congress Declared as “Lead-Safe Zone” 22 October 2013, Quezon City. Lawmakers have signified their desire to declare both chambers of the Congress as “lead-safe zone” in resolutions filed to mark the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week of Action on October 20-26. In separate resolutions, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago and Representative Anthony del Rosario…

[Press Release] EU urged to pass law ensuring HR compliance of European firms’ supply chain -CTUHR

EU urged to pass law ensuring HR compliance of European firms’ supply chain NGOs say new legislation can aid in ending “natural resource trade fueling conflict” A group of 58 non-government organizations from different parts of the world urged the European Commission to pass a “strong and effective” legislation that will “prevent European businesses [from]…

[From the web] The Broken “New Normal” and the G20 Mirage by Dorothy-Grace Guerrero

The Broken “New Normal” and the G20 Mirage by Dorothy-Grace Guerrero That is a mirage, cheap mirage, revolting, romantic and fantastical — that’s another ball on Lake Como. Fyodor Dostoyevsky Notes from the Underground The Group of Twenty (G20), informally recognized as “the other UN”, is an unofficial, unaccountable, yet very powerful platform for international…

[Events] A thousand cyclists rode for freedom -Dakila

Dakila – Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism A thousand cyclists rode for freedom Around 1,000 cyclists participated in the Freedom Ride for a Human Trafficking Free Philippines last Saturday March 9, 2013. Ambassadors H.E. Ton Boon von Ochssee of the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. Josef Rychtar of the Czech Embassy, and…

[Statement] JOINT STATEMENT OF the 2nd ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ ASEAN People Forum (ACSC/APF) 2012 Phnom Penh, 16 November 2012

JOINT STATEMENT OF the 2nd ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ ASEAN People Forum (ACSC/APF) 2012 Phnom Penh, 16 November 2012 Preamble The ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People‟s Forum (ACSC/APF) 2012 took place on the 14-16 November 2012. The event, attended by over 500 delegates, included not only participants from ASEAN member states but also representatives invited…

[Press Release] Pinoy-version Frankenstorms hit US, European countries Demand drastic GHG emissions cuts: cut it deep, cut it NOW! -PMCJ

Pinoy-version Frankenstorms hit US, European countries Demand drastic GHG emissions cuts: cut it deep, cut it NOW! Manila, Philippines – Climate justice advocates and frankenstorms Sandy, Habagat, Sendong and Ondoy, stormed the United States Embassy to demand deep green house gas emissions cut, today. The 1000-strong group led by Philippine Movement for Climate Justice (PMCJ)…

[From the web] Amnesty International Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review, May-June 2012

Amnesty International Submission to the UN Universal Periodic Review, May-June 2012 INTRODUCTION In this submission, prepared for the UN Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines taking place in May-June 2012, Amnesty International comments on the government’s implementation of recommendations supported by the Philippines during its previous UPR in 2008, including recommendations concerning women’s rights, torture, extra-judicial executions, and…

[In the news] EU wants early Mindanao peace deal -MindaNews.com

EU wants early Mindanao peace deal By Bong S. Sarmiento, MindaNews.com February 11, 2012 KORONADAL CITY (MindaNews/10 February) – Ambassadors from member-countries of the European Union have reiterated their support to the Mindanao peace process, and urged at the same time for a speedy forging of a final peace agreement. The regional bloc currently provides…

[Press Release] Free trade agreement with EU threatens Ph’s IPR, services – IBON Foundation

FREE TRADE AGREEMENT WITH EU THREATENS PH’S IPR, SERVICES   The Aquino government is close to sealing a partnership cooperation agreement (a prerequisite for a free trade agreement or FTA) with the European Union (EU) that, among others, commits to liberalizing trade and investments and loosening rules on intellectual property rights (IPRs). According to IBON,…