[Blog] To Love is Beyond Religion. By Jose Mario De Vega

To Love is Beyond Religion By Jose Mario De Vega I refer to BBC News Africa report, “Sudan woman faces death for apostasy”, May 15th regard to the case of a woman who has been sentenced by a Sudanese court by hanging to death for apostasy. She was adjudged to have abandoned her religious faith,…

[People] The Time of Transparency by Fr. Shay Cullen

The Time of Transparency by Fr. Shay Cullen The conviction of the Philippine Chief Justice Corona for dishonesty having failed to tell the truth in his statement of assets, liabilities and net worth (SALN) as required of every public official by law is a serious event in the history of the Philippines. The first impeachment…

[In the news] Protecting human rights -INQUIRER.net

Protecting human rights. By Ustadz Magadapa Cebu Daily News April 22, 2012 Islam provides many human rights for the individual. The following are some of these human rights that Islam protects. The life and property of all citizens in an Islamic state are considered sacred, whether a person is Muslim or not. Islam also protects…

[People] Helping Others is Our Path to Happiness by Fr. Shay Cullen

Helping Others is Our Path to Happiness (Fr. Shay’s columns are published in The Manila Times, in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line.) http://www.preda.org/en/news/fr-shays-articles/helping-others-is-our-path-to-happiness/ What brings out the crowds to cheer on a hero, a liberator, a Messiah like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and the greatest of all, Jesus…

[Press Release] PHILIPPINES: “I stand trial to defend the ‘concept of human rights’,” Sulu activist writes from prison -AHRC

PHILIPPINES: “I stand trial to defend the ‘concept of human rights’,” Sulu activist writes from prison (Hong Kong, March 20, 2011) Temogen “Cocoy” Tulawie, an activist from Sulu province who was falsely charged with attempted murders based on evidence taken by way of forced confession, writes from prison his reasons why he submits himself for…

[Press Release] Visayas Clergy, Bishops’ Lenten Message: Aquino Government Should be Concerned with the Poor’s Welfare

Visayas Clergy, Bishops’ Lenten Message: Aquino Government Should be Concerned with the Poor’s Welfare Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, head convenor of the Visayas Clergy Discernment Group (VCDG), in a Lenten Message, called on the Aquino Government to show its concern for the poor Filipinos by taking steps to address the unabated oil price increases. Quoting Pope…

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[Statement] PHILIPPINES: Prosecutor dismissed charges of torture by invoking acts of torture -AHRC

PHILIPPINES: Prosecutor dismissed charges of torture by invoking acts of torture The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has learned that a city prosecutor in San Fernando, Pampanga, had dismissed the complaint of torture by five torture victims against a police colonel and other policemen due to “insufficiency of evidence” because their identification of the accused…

[From the web] UN Special Rapporteur highlights need for further investigation and participation of victims in fight against torture -www.irct.org

UN Special Rapporteur highlights need for further investigation and participation of victims in fight against torture http://www.irct.org March 14, 2012 Last week, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Juan Mendez, presented his annual report to the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). The report focuses on identifying best practices for the implementation of commissions of inquiry…

[From the web] Revisit policy on terror, gov’t urged -RAPPLER.com

Revisit policy on terror, gov’t urged. by Amir S. Mawallil, RAPPLER.com March 7, 2012 ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Human rights groups are asking the government to re-evaluate its policy to crack down on the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), citing various human rights violations allegedly committed by security forces. “We have recorded a number of mistaken-identity…