[Press Release] Put Network Back on Air, Duterte Should Rescind ABS-CBN Shutdown; Congress Should Renew License

Philippines: Put Network Back on Air Duterte Should Rescind ABS-CBN Shutdown; Congress Should Renew License (Manila, May 7, 2020) – Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte should rescind an order to shut down ABS-CBN, the country’s largest broadcast television and radio network, Human Rights Watch said today. The House of Representatives, whose inaction on bills to renew…

[Statement] Human Rights Watch’s reaction to the increasing incidents of law enforcers and government officials mistreating Filipinos during the lockdown

Human Rights Watch’s reaction to the increasing incidents of law enforcers and government officials mistreating Filipinos during the lockdown The Philippines government should immediately rein in out of control law enforcers and public officials committing rights abuses while they enforce Covid-19 quarantine and lockdown regulations. Even before the incident in Dasmarinas Village, Makati City, there…

[Press Release] Philippine Government Misusing Covid-19 Law Against Critics -HRW

Philippine Government Misusing Covid-19 Law Against Critics Activists Charged with Sedition, ‘Fake News’ By Carlos H. Conde Philippine authorities are increasingly using the Covid-19 pandemic and new public health restrictions as an excuse to charge political opponents and activists with criminal offenses. The latest targets were seven activists trying to distribute food aid last week…

[Statement] Government needs to act urgently to mitigate what could be a catastrophe inside the country’s overcrowded prisons before it’s too late -HRW

Quote from HRW on the outbreak of coronavirus inside the Quezon City Jail: Finding that the coronavirus has infected 18 inmates and personnel at the Quezon City Jail shows why it’s so critical the government actively pursues early release of detainees charged with low-level, nonviolent offenses, as well as the sick and older inmates. The…

[Statement] Human Rights Watch statement on the positive response by Philippine authorities to the call for the early release of qualified inmates as part of COVID19 intervention

Human Rights Watch statement on the positive response by Philippine authorities to the call for the early release of qualified inmates as part of COVID19 intervention: Human Rights Watch is heartened that Philippine authorities have responded to the call by several groups calling on the government to release inmates in its prisons who face low-level…

[Press Release] Philippines: Reduce Crowded Jails to Stop COVID-19 -HRW

Philippines: Reduce Crowded Jails to Stop COVID-19 Release Low-Level Offenders; Prioritize Older and Ill Prisoners (Manila, April 7, 2020) – Philippine authorities, to stem the COVID-19 outbreak, should release from the country’s overcrowded jails and prison inmates who have been detained or convicted for low-level and non-violent offenses, Human Rights Watch said today. They should…

[From the web] Philippines: Curfew Violators Mistreated -HRW

COVID-19 Response Should Respect Detainee Rights (Manila, March 26, 2020) – Philippine authorities should respect the basic rights of people detained for violating the government’s COVID-19 regulations, Human Rights Watch said today. Police and local officials have confined those arrested to dog cages and forced them to sit in the midday sun as punishment, among…

[Statement] Duterte Harry Has Been Dirty For a Long Time The new president of the Philippines has been bragging about murdering “criminals” for at least a decade. -HRW

Duterte Harry Has Been Dirty For a Long Time The new president of the Philippines has been bragging about murdering “criminals” for at least a decade. By Phelim Kine Deputy Director, Asia Division Human Rights Watch https://www.hrw.org/news/2016/05/17/duterte-harry-has-been-dirty-long-time In May 2015, Rodrigo Duterte invited my colleagues and I for some rest and relaxation in Davao City,…

[From the web] Soldiers Stand Aside While Paramilitaries Attack Villagers, Students- HRW

Philippines: Soldiers Stand Aside While Paramilitaries Attack Villagers, Students Military claims of ‘tribal war’ and denials of complicity fall flat when troops do nothing (Manila, September 24, 2015) – The Philippine military has repeatedly stood aside while paramilitary forces have attacked indigenous villages and schools in the southern region of Mindanao, Human Rights Watch said…

[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…

[Press Release] General Iriberri Should Reform Discredited Rights Office; Hold All Violators to Account -HRW

Philippines: New Military Chief Should Ensure Rights Reforms General Iriberri Should Reform Discredited Rights Office; Hold All Violators to Account (Manila, August 5, 2015) – The Philippine military should take all necessary and appropriate action to prevent abuses by its personnel and to ensure accountability for human rights violators, Human Rights Watch said today in…