[Press Release] New Police Chief Should Tackle Abuses Action Needed on Torture, Extrajudicial Killings -HRW

Philippines: New Police Chief Should Tackle Abuses Action Needed on Torture, Extrajudicial Killings (Manila, Sept. 2, 2015) – The Philippine National Police should hold to account all police officers responsible for human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the police chief, Director General Ricardo Marquez. President Benigno Aquino III appointed…

[From the web] Fast-Track Congress Probe on Rights Abuses Congressional Delays Symbolize Failure to Tackle Impunity -HRW

Philippines: Fast-Track Congress Probe on Rights Abuses Congressional Delays Symbolize Failure to Tackle Impunity (Manila, August 12, 2015) – The Philippine House of Representatives should fast-track its investigations of alleged human rights abuses by state security forces, Human Rights Watch said today. Congress is only now acting on the 22 resolutions that legislators have filed…

[Statement] Five years of Aquino’s straight path led Filipino workers into poverty, deaths, rights violations -CTUHR

STATEMENT 25 July 2015 Five years of Aquino’s straight path led Filipino workers into poverty, deaths, rights violations Five years of Benigno Aquino III’s “daang matuwid” led Filipinos into a road where beggars and cadavers are scattered due to policies that kept more Filipinos mired in poverty at the same intensifying attacks on trade union…

[From the web] New technologies –if used right– are vital tools in the fight against human rights violations -OHCHR

New technologies –if used right– are vital tools in the fight against human rights violations GENEVA (19 June 2015) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on summary executions, Christof Heyns, has called on the UN system and other international human rights bodies to “catch up” with rapidly developing innovations in human rights fact-finding and investigations.…

[Call for endorsement] Asia Pacific Civil Society’s Demands for the Legally Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Unity Statement Asia Pacific Civil Society’s Demands for the Legally Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights This statement originates from the Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on the Asia Pacific Regional Consultation on the Legally Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights, May 1-3, 2015 Chiang Mai, Thailand, co-convened by the International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural…

[Press Release] PNoy approves six-month extension of deadline for Martial Law claims application -Akbayan

PNoy approves six-month extension of deadline for Martial Law claims application Three months after the November 10, 2014 deadline expiration, President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III has approved Joint Resolution No. 3 extending for six months the deadline for Martial Law claims application to May 2015. Joint Resolution No. 3 is the consolidation of Senate Joint…

[Press Release] The US Congress continues to be concerned about human rights violations by the Philippine Army”. -EANP

The US Congress continues to be concerned about human rights violations by the Philippine Army”. In an appropriations bill signed by president Obama on December 15, the US Congress expressed serious concern about the lack of progress on human rights by the Philippine Army. The bill appropriates $50 million in credits for the Armed Forces…

[Press Release] Extra-judicial killings, other human rights violations persist under ‘tuwid na daan’ – Nagkaisa!

Extra-judicial killings, other human rights violations persist under ‘tuwid na daan’ – Nagkaisa! A culture of impunity translated into extra-judicial killings (EJK) and other forms of human rights violations against leaders and labor organizers continue under the ‘tuwid na daan’, a coalition of major trade unions and labor organizations in the country, Nagkaisa!, said in…

[Announcement] Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) Closes Acceptance of Applications on November 10, 2014 at 12:00 midnight, Will Open Again Once Extension Is Granted By Law

Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) Closes Acceptance of Applications on November 10, 2014 at 12:00 midnight, Will Open Again Once Extension Is Granted By Law The Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board (HRVCB) wishes to advise all possible claimants that in view of the legally-set deadline of applications for reparation and recognition under RA 10368,…

[Press Release] Akbayan Rep. Gutierrez assures passage of 6-month extension of filing of claims for ML victims

Akbayan Rep. Gutierrez assures passage of 6-month extension of filing of claims for ML victims With the November 10 deadline fast approaching, Akbayan Rep. Barry Gutierrez on Thursday assured the passage of the six-month extension for the filing of claims by victims of human rights violations during Martial Law. Gutierrez made the statement amid fears…

[Blog] Can NMM be an effective monitoring body? By Darwin Mendiola

Can NMM be an effective monitoring body? October 14, 2014 By Darwin Mendiola Human rights violations particularly extra-legal killings (ELKs), enforced disappearances (EDs) and torture continue to occur in the country with total impunity. Until now, not a single person has been brought to justice. Even in high-profile cases which have been swiftly investigated, they…

[Blog] When money is not enough. By Darwin Mendiola

When money is not enough By Darwin Mendiola A country in a democratic transition must come to terms with its past in order to move forward. Addressing past atrocities and injustices is considered a crucial part of social healing and national reconciliation. Acknowledging the misdeeds especially human rights violations is one significant step towards guaranteeing…