[Announcement] Consultation – Draft General Comment – Liberty and Security of Person – Human Rights Committee

Consultation – Draft General Comment – Liberty and Security of Person – Human Rights Committee Civil Society Section Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Consultation – UN Human Rights Committee Draft General Comment Liberty and Security of the Person Deadline 1 June 2014 Dear All, The draft General Comment on Article…

[Press Release] Group Declares Rampant Mercury Use and Trade a Threat to People’s Right to Health and Life -BAN Toxics

Group Declares Rampant Mercury Use and Trade a Threat to People’s Right to Health and Life Quezon City, Philippines — On Human Rights Day, environmental justice group BAN Toxics stresses the protection of people’s right to life as it reiterates their call to phase out mercury use and trade. “As the world observes International Human…

[From the web] ICMM commits to Free Prior Informed Consent standard -politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org

ICMM commits to Free Prior Informed Consent standard May 24, 2013, politicsofpoverty.oxfamamerica.org Emily Greenspan is an extractive industries policy and advocacy advisor with Oxfam America. Last week the International Council of Metals and Mining (ICMM) released a new mining and indigenous peoples position statement requiring its 22 member companies to integrate Free Prior and Informed Consent…

[Press Release] Philippine Human Rights Defender in Danger: Human Rights Group asks German Parliamentarians to speak up for the safety of Cocoy Tulawie -AMP

Philippine Human Rights Defender in Danger: Human Rights Group asks German Parliamentarians to speak up for the safety of Cocoy Tulawie Cologne, 10.01.2013 – The German-based Action Network Human Rights –Philippines (AMP) commemorates the first anniversary of the arrest of Human Rights Defender Cocoy Tulawie by asking President Aquino and German Parliamentarians to spare no…

[People] Top ten issues for human rights in 2012 by Harry Roque

Top ten issues for human rights in 2012 Harry Roque’s blog Thoughts of an activist lawyer Here’s my choice for the top ten most important developments for Human Rights in the Philippines for 2012: 1. Passage of the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Law. Unfortunately, the passage of this law was overshadowed by the passage of the Reproductive…

[from the web] IRCT welcomes advances on right to rehabilitation for torture victims

IRCT welcomes advances on right to rehabilitation for torture victims  November 19, 2012 The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) welcomes the adoption of the UN Committee Against Torture’s General Comment on Article 14 of the Convention Against Torture. This is an important step forward in ensuring that torture victims receive adequate redress and…

[Press Release] Thailand and Gabon first States to ratify new UN treaty giving children access to justice at the international level -Ratify OP3CRC

Thailand and Gabon first States to ratify new UN treaty giving children access to justice at the international level. Geneva/Manila, 26 September 2012 – Thailand and Gabon are the first countries to ratify the new international treaty on children’s rights, which allows children and their representatives to report rights violations to the UN Committee on…

[People] Defeating ‘twisted culture’ of torture by Dr. Renato Mabunga

Defeating ‘twisted culture’ of torture Ending practice requires ‘open declaration of war‘ on perpetrators by Dr. Renato Mabunga ucanews.com On Tuesday, the United Nations marked the “International Day in Support of Torture Victims.” It was a significant day filled with simple and substantial ironies. In Manila, about 600 human rights advocates, military and police personnel…