[From the web] Three-Year-Old Girl Latest Philippines ‘Drug War’ Victim UN Human Rights Council Should Adopt Resolution to Stop Carnage -HRW

By Carlos H. Conde On Sunday, a 3-year-old girl became the latest casualty of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs,” which has killed thousands over the past three years. Myka Ulpina died after being shot during a police raid targeting her father, Renato Dolofrina, in Rizal province, near Manila, media reports said. Police claimed…

[In the news] Human rights group declares UN probe a victory for EJK victims -GMAnews

The In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement on Friday characterized the United Nations Human Rights Council’s decision to investigate President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs as a “huge victory” for the families of victims of extrajudicial killings. Interviewed on Balitanghali on Friday, iDEFEND spokesperson Ellecer “Budit” Carlos said his organization, as well as…

[From the web] Iceland 1, China 0: The diplomatic significance of the U.N. Human Rights Council vote on the Philippines -RAPPLER.com

The UNHRC vote was the first great test of Duterte’s diplomatic investment in China, and it proved disastrous: China simply could not deliver the votes The denouement of the United Nations Human Rights Council vote instructing its High Commissioner to “prepare a comprehensive written report on the situation of human rights in the Philippines” was…

[In the news] U.N. rights chief: Deaths in PH anti-drug operations a ‘most serious concern’ -RAPPLER.com

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday, June 24, expressed concern over the “extraordinarily high number of deaths” in the Philippines in the context of President Rodrigo Duterte’s continuing anti-illegal drugs campaign. “Even the officially confirmed number of 5,425 deaths would be a matter of most serious concern for any country,”…

[From the web] UN human rights experts call for independent probe into Philippines violations -OHCHR

GENEVA (7 June 2019) – UN human rights experts* today called on the United Nations to establish an independent investigation into human rights violations in the Philippines, citing a sharp deterioration in the situation of human rights across the country, including sustained attacks on people and institutions defending human rights. “Given the scale and seriousness…

[People] “No mother should bury her child.” -Sen. Leila de Lima

This is what every mother fears. Sadly, under this tyrannical Duterte regime and its failed War on Drugs, this is a tragic reality that thousands of mothers have gone through; a harrowing ordeal that they live with every day. Global Health NOW’s article, “Elderly Mothers Bear the Emotional Burden of the Drug War” (6 June…

[Statement] SENTRO Condemns the Killing of a Union Organizer in Cavite

SENTRO joins the NAGKAISA in condemning, in the strongest possible terms, the assassination of Leonides “Dennis” Sequeña, a veteran trade union organizer and vice-chairperson of the Cavite Chapter of Partido Manggagawa (PM). He is the latest to join the growing list of martyred trade union leaders in the country. Dennis Sequeña was shot and killed…