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Dispatches: Jailing the Philippines’ Elusive Journalist Killers

News Release Dispatches: Jailing the Philippines’ Elusive Journalist Killers Carlos Conde Media freedom advocates in the Philippines scored a rare victory when a court convicted an alleged gunman in the killing of broadcaster Miguel Belen. The court, in the province of Camarines Sur, last week sentenced Eric Vargas to a 40-year prison term for the July 2010 murder … Continue reading

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Philippines: End Police Torture, Killings; Aquino Should Act Decisively to Punish Perpetrators

News Release Philippines: End Police Torture, Killings Aquino Should Act Decisively to Punish Perpetrators Manila – The Philippine government of President Benigno Aquino III should take decisive action against torture and extrajudicial killings by the police and other state security forces, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2015. The Aquino administration took some … Continue reading

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Dispatches: A Deadly Start to 2015 for Philippine Journalists

Dispatches: A Deadly Start to 2015 for Philippine Journalists By Phelim Kine On Thursday, Nerlita “Nerlie” Ledesma became the first journalist murdered in the Philippines in 2015. Unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle shot and killed Ledesma, a 48-year-old reporter for the Abantetabloid newspaper in the city of Balanga in central Luzon’s Bataan province, while she was on the way to … Continue reading

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Dispatches: Relieving the Philippines’ Overcrowded Jails

Dispatches: Relieving the Philippines’ Overcrowded Jails By Carlos H. Conde The Supreme Court of the Philippines has ordered 286 people to be released from jail because they had already spent the same amount of time behind bars as the minimum penalties for their alleged offenses. The court’s long-overdue action is designed to address the country’s serious problem of … Continue reading

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Philippines: Death Squad Linked to Hundreds of Killings; Investigate Role of Tagum City Officials, Police in a Decade of Murders

News Release Philippines: Death Squad Linked to Hundreds of Killings Investigate Role of Tagum City Officials, Police in a Decade of Murders MANILA — The Philippine government should investigate an alleged “death squad” implicated in several hundred killings in Tagum City on the southern island of Mindanao, Human Rights Watch said in a new report … Continue reading

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HRW calls on Zamboanga City gov’t to ensure IDPs’ protection of rights

News Release HRW calls on Zamboanga City gov’t to ensure IDPs’ protection of rights “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 … Continue reading

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Dispatches: The Philippines Death Squad Denial Complex

News Release Dispatches: The Philippines Death Squad Denial Complex February 6, 2014 By Carlos Conde Rodrigo Duterte, the mayor of Mindanao’s Davao City, has a novel strategy to address the problem of rice smuggling: murder the suspected smugglers. At a public hearing of the Philippine senate this week, Duterte boasted that if a notorious suspected … Continue reading

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Philippines: Protect Civilians in Southern Fighting

PRESS RELEASE 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 … Continue reading