[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] UN: Philippines, Eritrea Don’t Belong on Rights Council Competition-Free Slates Undermine Body’s Credibility, Effectiveness -HRW

UN: Philippines, Eritrea Don’t Belong on Rights Council Competition-Free Slates Undermine Body’s Credibility, Effectiveness (New York, October 11, 2018) – United Nations member countries should oppose the candidacies of the Philippines and Eritrea for the Human Rights Council because of their egregious human rights records, Human Rights Watch said today. Serious rights violations in Bahrain…

[From the web] UN human rights review is largely toothless – but it’s giving a boost to Asian civil society groups

UN human rights review is largely toothless – but it’s giving a boost to Asian civil society groups A United Nations initiative reviewing human rights records of countries around the world is indirectly strengthening civil society organisations in Southeast Asia by allowing them to participate in the process. But the groups are still blocked from…

[Statement] MAG’s Position Paper on the Proposed Law Establishing the National Preventive Mechanism

[Note] MAG’s Position Paper on the Proposed Law Establishing the National Preventive Mechanism. by dars0357.wordpress.com The Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture (OPCAT) establishes “a system of regular visits undertaken by independent international and national bodies to places where people are deprived of their liberty, in order to prevent torture and other…

[Statement] Joint Statement: Call for an international legally binding instrument on human rights, transnational corporations and other business enterprises

Joint Statement: Call for an international legally binding instrument on human rights, transnational corporations and other business enterprises This statement has been endorsed by a wide alliance of international networks, organizations and social movements, listed below.[1] It represents the collective expression of a growing mobilization of global civil society calling for further enhancement of international…

[Statement] The Right Not to be Disappeared: A Product of the Blood, Sweat and Tears of Victims and Families of Enforced Disappearances around the world -AFAD

The Right Not to be Disappeared: A Product of the Blood, Sweat and Tears of Victims and Families of Enforced Disappearances around the world Sixty-five years ago, 48 member countries of the United Nations adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), recognizing “the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all…

[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…

[Solidarity] BANGLADESH: Alarming escalation of threats to human rights defenders -The Observatory

BANGLADESH: Alarming escalation of threats to human rights defenders Publication of an international fact-finding mission report Paris-Geneva, November 9, 2013 -As two members of prominent human rights NGO Odhikar will face trial tomorrow in Dhaka in relation to their human rights activities, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, an FIDH-OMCT joint programme,…

[Press Release] More action needed to tackle business-related abuse of indigenous people’s rights –

More action needed to tackle business-related abuse of indigenous people’s rights NEW YORK / GENEVA (29 October 2013) – States and businesses need to do more to tackle and prevent the violation of indigenous peoples’ human rights as a result of business-related activities, a United Nations independent expert body has said. “Indigenous peoples are among…