[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…

[Press Release] Aquino Should Deliver on Rights Promises Final State of Nation Address Should Emphasize Reform -HRW

Philippines: Aquino Should Deliver on Rights Promises Final State of Nation Address Should Emphasize Reform (Manila, July 22, 2015) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino III should commit his administration to meaningful human rights reforms in his final State of the Nation Address on July 27, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. Aquino’s address may be…

[Press Release] Probe Mayor’s Alleged ‘Death Squad’ Links Davao Mayor Duterte Epitomizes Impunity for Extrajudicial Killings -HRW

Philippines: Probe Mayor’s Alleged ‘Death Squad’ Links Davao Mayor Duterte Epitomizes Impunity for Extrajudicial Killings (Manila, May 19, 2015) – The Philippine government should investigate Davao City’s Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for his possible role in summary executions in the city over the past decade, Human Rights Watch said today. Duterte has continued to espouse the…

[Press Release] Indonesia: Stop Imminent Executions. Death Penalty for Drug Crimes Violates International Law -HRW

Indonesia: Stop Imminent Executions Death Penalty for Drug Crimes Violates International Law (Jakarta, April 25, 2015) – President Joko Widodo of Indonesia should urgently commute the death sentences of 10 people who face imminent execution for drug trafficking, Human Rights Watch said today. Following the exhaustion of legal appeals on April 24, 2015, Indonesian authorities…

[Press Release] End Police Torture, Killings! Aquino Should Act Decisively to Punish Perpetrators -HRW

Philippines: End Police Torture, Killings Aquino Should Act Decisively to Punish Perpetrators (Manila, January 31, 2015) – The Philippine government of President Benigno Aquino III should take decisive action against torture and extrajudicial killings by the police and other state security forces, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. The Aquino administration…

[International] Laos: Pledge Action on Rights, Stop ‘Disappearances’ -HRW

Laos: Pledge Action on Rights, Stop ‘Disappearances’ UN Review Opportunity for Progress, Answers on Sombath Somphone (Geneva, January 19, 2015) – The government of Laos should use the United Nations Human Rights Council review of its record to pledge concrete measures to address its pervasive human rights problems, Human Rights Watch said today. Laos will…

[From the web] France: An Attack on Free Expression, Response to Charlie Hebdo Killings Should Protect Rights -HRW

France: An Attack on Free Expression Response to Charlie Hebdo Killings Should Protect Rights (PARIS, JANUARY 8, 2015) — French authorities should bring to justice those responsible for the horrific attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo on January 7, 2015, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should guard against backlash against French Muslims…

[From the web] Death of a Witness in the Philippines -HRW

Dispatches: Death of a Witness in the Philippines Phelim Kine November 19, 2014 Dennix Sakal will never get his day in court to testify against the alleged perpetrators of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre. On Tuesday, unidentified gunmen killed Sakal, a key witness to the massacre, and wounded his companion and fellow witness Butch Saudagal in…