Philippines

Palace to UN rights chief: Filipinos’ rights, freedoms protected

Palace to UN rights chief: Filipinos’ rights, freedoms protected By Ruth Abbey Gita-Carlos  MANILA (Philippines News Agency)  – Malacañang on Thursday asserted that the Philippines is not suppressing freedom of expression and tightening censorship during the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) crisis. “There is no truth to the accusation of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights … Continue reading

Philippines: New Police Chief Should Tackle Abuses; Action Needed on Torture, Extrajudicial Killings
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Philippines: New Police Chief Should Tackle Abuses; Action Needed on Torture, Extrajudicial Killings

News Release Philippines: New Police Chief Should Tackle Abuses Action Needed on Torture, Extrajudicial Killings Manila — The Philippine National Police should hold to account all police officers responsible for human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the police chief, Director General Ricardo Marquez. President Benigno Aquino III appointed Marquez to the position on … Continue reading

Dispatches: Unending Impunity in the Philippines
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Dispatches: Unending Impunity in the Philippines

Dispatches: Unending Impunity in the Philippines   Carlos H. Conde Researcher, Asia Division @condeHRW One was a peasant leader. Another was a newspaper publisher. Both were shot and killed by men on motorcycles on the same day, underscoring a continuing legacy of violence and impunity in the Philippines. Joel Gulmatico, chairman of the Arakan Progressive Peasant Organization … Continue reading

Philippines: Fast-Track Congress Probe on Rights Abuses; Congressional Delays Symbolize Failure to Tackle Impunity
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Philippines: Fast-Track Congress Probe on Rights Abuses; Congressional Delays Symbolize Failure to Tackle Impunity

News Release Philippines: Fast-Track Congress Probe on Rights Abuses Congressional Delays Symbolize Failure to Tackle Impunity Manila – The Philippine House of Representatives should fast-track its investigations of alleged human rights abuses by state security forces, Human Rights Watch said recently. Congress is only now acting on the 22 resolutions that legislators have filed with … Continue reading

Dispatches: Whitewashing Internal Displacement in the Philippines
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Dispatches: Whitewashing Internal Displacement in the Philippines

Dispatches: Whitewashing Internal Displacement in the Philippines     Carlos H. Conde Researcher, Asia Division @condeHRW   The Philippine government loves to put on a pretty face for visiting dignitaries. In May 2012, it rounded up and hid street children and others living along a highway in Manila when the Asian Development Bank’s board of governors met. … Continue reading

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Philippines: Probe Mayor’s Alleged ‘Death Squad’ Links; Davao Mayor Duterte Epitomizes Impunity for Extrajudicial Killings

News Release Philippines: Probe Mayor’s Alleged ‘Death Squad’ Links Davao Mayor Duterte Epitomizes Impunity for Extrajudicial Killings Manila – The Philippine government should investigate Davao City’s Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for his possible role in summary executions in the city over the past decade, Human Rights Watch said today. Duterte has continued to espouse the killing … Continue reading

Dispatches: Walking in Fear in the Philippines
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Dispatches: Walking in Fear in the Philippines

Dispatches: Walking in Fear in the Philippines By Carlos Conde http://www.hrw.org/news/2015/05/06/dispatches-walking-fear-philippines In a country where extrajudicial executions by state security forces are a longstanding problem, potential victims take any threat seriously. So when farmers’ rights activist Eduardo Regidor noticed that three armed men were trailing him around Davao City last week, he sought refuge in the local offices of one … Continue reading

Dispatches: Military Abuses in Southern Philippines; Military operations are `the main driving factor of displacement’ in Maguindanao
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Dispatches: Military Abuses in Southern Philippines; Military operations are `the main driving factor of displacement’ in Maguindanao

Dispatches: Military Abuses in Southern Philippines Military operations are “the main driving factor of displacement” in Maguindanao By Carlos H. Conde Human Rights Watch Here’s a snapshot of the plight of tens of thousands of internally displaced people in the Philippine province of Maguindanao after an anti-insurgent military operation: women, children, and the elderly endure … Continue reading