[Statement] Human Rights Watch on Zamboanga relocation of IDPs

HRW statement on Zamboanga relocation of IDPs “The Zamboanga City government should ensure that the rights of the IDPs (internally displaced persons) in the Cawa-cawa evacuation camp are protected as the city government acts to relocate them in the coming days,” Phelim Kine, Human Rights Watch deputy director for Asia, said today. “Any relocation should…

[Statement] Teachers decry p300 additional poll duty pay -TDC

Teachers decry p300 additional poll duty pay The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) said they appreciate the P300.00 additional honorarium for teachers who served during the 2013 barangay elections held on October 28 and special elections on November 28 held in Bohol Province and Zamboanga City. The announcement came from the budget department yesterday as its…

[Statement] “RHRC Condemns the Death Threat and Illegal Arrest of its Personnel Committed by P/Supt. Rey Dante Soledad”

“RHRC Condemns the Death Threat and Illegal Arrest of its Personnel Committed by P/Supt. Rey Dante Soledad” 16 December 2013 The Regional Human Rights Commission (RHRC) condemns the act of P/SUPT. REY DANTE SOLEDAD in directly threatening the lives of RHRC’s two human rights investigators and three support staff on December 13, 2013 at San…

[Petition] Concerned Agencies: Support the IDP’s return home and rehabilitation -Change.org

Concerned Agencies: Support the IDP’s return home and rehabilitation Petition by Al Bahra Zamboanga City, Philippines A RESOLUTION MANIFESTING THE UNANIMOUS, INFORMED-CHOICE OF THE INTERNALLY DISPLACED PERSONS [IDP] OF ZAMBOANGA CITY TO RETURN TO THEIR PLACE OF RESIDENCE WITH FULL SUPPORT FROM VARIOUS SECTORS FOR THE EXERCISE OF THEIR RIGHT TO RETURN VOLUNTARILY TO THEIR…

[Press Release] Investigate Zamboanga Detainee Mistreatment -HRW

Philippines: Investigate Zamboanga Detainee Mistreatment Ensure Access to Lawyers, Family Members, Rights Monitors (Manila, October 4, 2013) – The Philippines government should investigate alleged mistreatment of detainees, including children, by security forces in Zamboanga City in the southern Philippines, Human Rights Watch said today. The government has detained dozens of suspected Muslim rebels from the…

[Press Release] Abuses by Government, Rebel Forces in Zamboanga Conflict, Both Sides Need to Do All They Can to Prevent Further Loss of Civilian Life -HRW

Philippines: Abuses by Government, Rebel Forces in Zamboanga Conflict Both Sides Need to Do All They Can to Prevent Further Loss of Civilian Life (Zamboanga City, September 19, 2013) — Philippines security forces and Muslim rebels have committed serious abuses during fighting in the southern city of Zamboanga, Human Rights Watch said today. After taking…

[Press Release] Protect Civilians in Southern Fighting; Some 70,000 Displaced; Residents Trapped in Zamboanga Standoff -HRW

Philippines: Protect Civilians in Southern Fighting Some 70,000 Displaced; Residents Trapped in Zamboanga Standoff (Manila, September 16, 2013) – The Philippine government should take all necessary measures to reduce the risk to civilians while conducting military operations against Muslim rebels in the southern city of Zamboanga, Human Rights Watch said today. The fighting began on…

[Press Release] Teachers appeal for peace in Zamboanga -TDC

Teachers appeal for peace in Zamboanga The Teachers’ Dignity Coalition (TDC) expresses their sentiments amidst the on-going armed confrontation in Zamboanga and other parts of the country. “Innocent civilians, especially helpless children suffer most in every armed conflict.” Said Benjo Basas the group’s national chairperson. The group reacted on the escalating conflict in Zamboanga City…

[Statement] Call for sobriety, dialogue, not armed action -Mindanao CSO

Mindanao CSOs Statement Zamboanga Stand-off September 9, 2013 Call for sobriety, dialogue, not armed action We, the undersigned civil society groups, express our deepest expressions of concern, prayers and support for the innocent civilians caught in the ongoing crossfire between elements associated with the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and government security forces in Zamboanga…

[Event] Freedom Bike Ride calls on ASEAN Experts Working Group meeting here in the Philippines to come up with a Regional Comprehensive Approach to Combat Human Trafficking-Dakila

Freedom Bike Ride calls on ASEAN Experts Working Group meeting here in the Philippines to come up with a Regional Comprehensive Approach to Combat Human Trafficking As the Philippines plays host to the third ASEAN Experts Working Group against human trafficking, Dakila, an artist collective organizing the Freedom Rides for a Human Trafficking Free Philippines,…

[Statement] Statement of Temogen “Cocoy” Tulawie on the first anniversary of his arrest and incarceration as a human rights defender

STATEMENT OF TEMOGEN “COCOY” TULAWIE ON THE FIRST ANNIVERSARY OF HIS ARREST AND INCARCERATION AS A HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDER Dear Friends, Comrades, Supporters and Fellow Human Rights Defenders, Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuh! Exactly one year ago, January 14, 2012 just at the stroke of midnight, I was with my two sons, Eeman, (17…