[From the web] Outspoken Senator Arbitrarily Detained Two Years, Drop Politically Motivated Charges against Leila de Lima -HRW

Outspoken Senator Arbitrarily Detained Two Years Drop Politically Motivated Charges against Leila de Lima The Philippine government should drop the politically-motivated charges against Senator Leila de Lima, a prominent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s abusive “war on drugs,” Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and FORUM-ASIA said today. De Lima has been arbitrarily detained inside the…

[From the web] Politically Motivated Arrest of Philippine Journalist Criminal Libel Case is Latest Attack on Maria Ressa, Rappler -HRW

Politically Motivated Arrest of Philippine Journalist Criminal Libel Case is Latest Attack on Maria Ressa, Rappler On Wednesday, Philippine National Bureau of Investigation agents arrested Maria Ressa, the founding editor of news website Rappler, in the latest assault on media freedom by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte. The arrest follows a libel case filed…

[From the web] Philippines: Crackdown Against Critics Intensifies -HRW

Philippines: Crackdown Against Critics Intensifies ‘Drug War’ Killings Continue; Attacks on Activists, Journalists Rise (New York, January 17, 2019) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration heightened its repression in 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. The government’s murderous “war on drugs” expanded to cities outside Manila. Attacks escalated against activists,…

[Statement] DOJ’s indictment of Rappler and its founder, Maria Ressa for tax evasion and failure to file tax returns a desperate attempt to shut down one of the critical voices in Philippine journalism -HRW

DOJ’s indictment of Rappler and its founder, Maria Ressa for tax evasion and failure to file tax returns a desperate attempt to shut down one of the critical voices in Philippine journalism -HRW The move by the Philippine Department of Justice to indict Rappler and its editor and founder, Maria Ressa, for tax evasion and…

[From the web] Another Rights Lawyer Murdered in the Philippines Killing Highlights Land Conflict in Negros -by Carlos H. Conde

Another Rights Lawyer Murdered in the Philippines Killing Highlights Land Conflict in Negros By Carlos H. Conde Researcher, Asia Division Human Rights Watch @condeHRW By most accounts, Benjamin Ramos died doing exactly what he had always done as a human rights lawyer: helping his clients free of charge. On the evening of November 6, Ramos…

[Press Release] Independently Probe Police ‘Hitmen’ Top Official Admits Law Enforcement Role in Killings -HRW

Philippines: Independently Probe Police ‘Hitmen’ Top Official Admits Law Enforcement Role in Killings (Manila, November 6, 2018) – The Philippine government should create an independent commission to investigate the role of police officers in the killings of drug suspects, Human Rights Watch said today. A top law enforcement official recently admitted that police officers working…

[From the web] UN: Philippines, Eritrea Don’t Belong on Rights Council Competition-Free Slates Undermine Body’s Credibility, Effectiveness -HRW

UN: Philippines, Eritrea Don’t Belong on Rights Council Competition-Free Slates Undermine Body’s Credibility, Effectiveness (New York, October 11, 2018) – United Nations member countries should oppose the candidacies of the Philippines and Eritrea for the Human Rights Council because of their egregious human rights records, Human Rights Watch said today. Serious rights violations in Bahrain…

[From the web] End Police Abuses -HRW

Philippines: End Police Abuses New Police Chief Should Reject ‘Drug War,’ Ensure Independent Investigations The new head of the Philippine National Police (PNP) should urgently address police involvement in “drug war” killings and other abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a June 11, 2018 letter to Director General Oscar Albayalde. The police chief, who assumed…

[From the web] Philippine City Passes Law Against LGBT Discrimination -HRW

Philippine City Passes Law Against LGBT Discrimination Ordinance Should Prod Passage of National Anti-Discrimination Legislation By Carlos H. Conde The Philippine city of Mandaluyong has approved an ordinance to protect the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people from discrimination, the latest in a slew of local laws passed across the country. Mandaluyong’s anti-discrimination…

[From the web] South Korea’s Blind Eye to Philippine ‘Drug War’ Abuses, Assistance for Police Disregards Role in Summary Killings -HRW

South Korea’s Blind Eye to Philippine ‘Drug War’ Abuses Assistance for Police Disregards Role in Summary Killings By Phelim Kine You would think that the kidnapping and murder in 2016 of a South Koreanbusinessman by a Philippine National Police (PNP) anti-drug squad would put the brakes on South Korean government support for the PNP. Think…

[From the web] Duterte Threatens Summary Execution of Drug Suspects. Again – HRW

Duterte Threatens Summary Execution of Drug Suspects. Again. Philippine President Warns Cebu Detainees to ‘Stay in Jail’ By Deputy Director, Asia Division Human Rights Watch @PhelimKine Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a fresh reminder as to why his murderous “drug war” has earned United Nations and International Criminal Court scrutiny. Duterte issued a televised…

[From the web] Philippine AIDS Bill Silent on Condom Promotion -HRW

Philippine AIDS Bill Silent on Condom Promotion Stronger Official Action Needed to Combat Asia-Pacific’s Fastest Growing HIV Epidemic By Carlos H. Conde Researcher, Asia Division Human Rights Watch @condeHRW The Philippine Senate passed a bill on Monday that would amend the country’s 20-year-old AIDS law, and which promises to improve the government’s response to the…

[From the web] New Philippine Prison Chief Threatens Killings of Jailed ‘Drug Lords’ ,Dela Rosa Already Linked to Alleged Crimes Against Humanity-HRW

New Philippine Prison Chief Threatens Killings of Jailed ‘Drug Lords’ Dela Rosa Already Linked to Alleged Crimes Against Humanity By Phelim Kine Deputy Asia Director Human Rights Watch The Philippines’ new Bureau of Corrections Director Ronald Dela Rosa has a killer attitude toward his new job. Literally. Dela Rosa, who retired last month as director…

[From the web] Relentless Assault on the Philippine Press Legal Restrictions, Intimidation Seek to Suppress Criticism -HRW

Relentless Assault on the Philippine Press Legal Restrictions, Intimidation Seek to Suppress Criticism By Carlos H. Conde Researcher, Asia Division @condeHRW Filipino journalists will spend World Press Freedom Day on May 3 under government attack. New draft regulations issued by the Philippine House of Representatives would allow Congress to ban reporters who “besmirch” the reputation…

[From the web] Philippine Government Bans Journalist from Presidential Palace Locking Out Rappler News Site Threatens Media Freedoms -HRW

Philippine Government Bans Journalist from Presidential Palace Locking Out Rappler News Site Threatens Media Freedoms By Carlos H. Conde Researcher, Asia Division Human Rights Watch @condeHRW Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration renewed its assault on the media by banning a reporter and the executive editor from the news site Rappler from entering the executive office…