[Statement] Reported revocation of PAHRA SEC registration a gag order – iDEFEND

Government propaganda machine Philippine News Agency is misleading the public and falsely reported that PAHRA’s operation as NGO is illegal because its Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) registration has been revoked. In its continuing attack on civil society, the Duterte administration, now through the SEC named PAHRA along with other human rights and sectoral organizations…

[Statement] WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED -PAHRA

PAHRA Statement of Philippine News Agency article on SEC Revocation and Red Tagging WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED We will not be silenced by the disinformation being orchestrated by the Duterte government to stifle dissent. The recent report made by Philippine News Agency (PNA), citing the revocation of the registration of the six non-government organizations…

[Statement] Stop the Attacks against Human Rights Defenders, and Protect Civic Space in the Philippines

(8 May 2019) – We, the undersigned organizations, strongly denounce the recent death threats addressed to Karapatan Secretary General, Cristina Palabay in the Philippines. These threats and the wider attacks against human rights defenders, journalists, and civil society representatives signify the further constricting of civic space and the silencing of dissent in the country. We…

[In the news] Opposition solon scores SEC’s profiling, witch-hunt of foundations, NGOs -Manila Bulletin

Opposition solon scores SEC’s profiling, witch-hunt of foundations, NGOs An opposition lawmaker scored Tuesday the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for profiling and witch hunting foundations and non-government organizations. Albay Rep. Edcel Lagman said the supposed “criminal profiling” of SEC is “prone to abuses” and violates the basic human rights and fundamental freedoms. “This is…

[Statement] New SEC memo on non-profit organizations violates right to organize – Karapatan

New SEC memo on non-profit organizations violates right to organize – Karapatan Surreptitiously, without consultation with many non-profit organizations, the Securities and Exchange Commission issued SEC Memorandum Circular No. 15 (s. 2018) or the Guidelines for the Protection of SEC Registered Non-Profit Organizations (NPOs) From Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Abuse or the NPO Guidelines…

[Press Release] Labor rights NGO hits Duterte over surging cases of trump-up charges vs activists, human rights defenders

On the first month of Sta. Cruz 5’s illegal arrest and detention, Labor rights NGO hits Duterte over surging cases of trump-up charges vs activists, human rights defenders Labor rights organization Center for Trade Union and Human Rights (CTUHR) calls for their immediate release and the junking of trumped-up charges filed against Sta Cruz 5:…

[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…

[Statement] Kalipunan Statement Against Crackdown on Progressives

Kalipunan Statement Against Crackdown on Progressives The on-going crackdown and intensified attacks of the Duterte administration on legal progressive forces, who are suspected of being part of or playing a vital role in the rebel movement has reached a disturbing level. As organizations grounded in the experiences of communities, we condemn the violence that has…

[From the web] Duterte Threatens Human Rights Community Call for Police to Shoot Activists ‘Reprehensible’ -HRW

Philippines: Duterte Threatens Human Rights Community Call for Police to Shoot Activists ‘Reprehensible’ (New York, August 17, 2017) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s call for police to shoot human rights activists who are “obstructing justice” places all members of the country’s human rights community in grave danger, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 16,…

[Announcement] Call For Nominations – 2017 Martin Ennals Award for Human Rights Defenders

Call For Nominations – 2017 MARTIN ENNALS AWARD FOR HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS Deadline: 9 November 2016 Nominations can be submitted electronically at http://www.martinennalsaward.org The Award is granted annually to an individual, or exceptionally an organisation, in recognition of their commitment and ongoing efforts in the defence and promotion of human rights. The MEA aims to…

[Press Release] Civil society launches #FreeThe5KH campaign in support of the imprisoned ADHOC staff and NEC official

Civil society launches #FreeThe5KH campaign in support of the imprisoned ADHOC staff and NEC official We, the undersigned civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations, launch today – 8 August 2016 – the #FreeThe5KH campaign in support of the five human rights defenders, who are currently in pre-trial detention and under judicial investigation for allegations of…

[Right-up] End Corporate Greed, Stop Harassing Environmental Defenders By Xiou

End Corporate Greed, Stop Harassing Environmental Defenders By Xiou A non-government organization working against the destructive large scale mining is being indicted for Internet or e-libel through a resolution by the Taguig City Prosecutor’s Office. The Hinatuan Mining Company (HMC) earlier filed charges against Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc. (PMPI) for issuing a press release about…