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'Do not be fooled:' Groups say panel probing drug war deaths 'damage control'

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) International group Human Rights Watch calls the panel 'nothing more than a ruse to shield the country from international scrutiny'

MEDIA OFF. Police seal off a crime scene following a TokHang operation in Manila on November 7, 2016, that led to the death of the suspect. Rappler file photo

U.N. rights chief: Duterte drug war 'without due regard for the rule of law'

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:24 PM

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the 'killings have been widespread and systematic – and they are ongoing'

Families of victims of drug related extra judicial killings and human rights advocates joined together in a mass at the Commissio on Human Rights (CHR) headquarters in Quezon City to pray for the positive outcome of the deliberations for the proposed independent investigation by members of the United Nations Human Rights Council this coming July 12. July 9, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Far from collateral damage:' Report shows 122 children killed in Duterte's drug war

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:34 AM

The World Organization Against Torture and the Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center say the number is 'a minimum' as families are often too afraid to report or testify

Duterte's focus on 'real and inflated' security threats leads to serious rights violations – U.N. report

Jun 04, 2020 - 1:13 PM

(UPDATED) The United Nations Human Rights Office says human rights violations in the Philippines have been 'reinforced by harmful rhetoric from high-level officials,' some rising 'to the level of incitement to violence'

END KILLINGS. Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Duterte's violent drug war leaves children traumatized – HRW

May 27, 2020 - 2:30 PM

(UPDATED) The 'harmful consequences' of the anti-drug campaign go beyond bloody raids, says Human Rights Watch. Children who lose a loved one are left deeply scarred.

[OPINION] Police discretion is advised

Apr 09, 2020 - 4:00 PM

'The Philippine National Police force is not a private army'

Still no 'meaningful accountability' over drug war killings under Duterte – Amnesty Int'l

Jan 30, 2020 - 11:16 AM

Amnesty International says that 'families were unable to obtain justice for their loved ones, due to enormous obstacles to filing cases against perpetrators, including fear of retaliation'

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

No letup in human rights abuses under Duterte – Human Rights Watch

Jan 15, 2020 - 11:16 AM

'The need for international mechanisms to provide accountability is as great as ever,' says Human Rights Watch Deputy Asia Director Phil Robertson

Condemning the killings under President Rodrigo Duterte's admininstration, relatives of victims of extra judicial killings along with human rights groups picketed the DND headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo and the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame in Quezon City. Demanding justice for their slain kin amidst the recent adoption of the Iceland resolution at the UNHRC to investigate the human rights violations and drug war related killings in the Philippines. July 17, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Sabio 'drops' ICC communication vs Duterte, but does it matter?

Jan 14, 2020 - 3:10 PM

(UPDATED) Experts say it will not affect the ongoing preliminary examination of the Philippine case

WITHDRAW? Lawyer Jude Sabio, with fellow lawyer Larry Gadon, execute on January 14, 2019, an affidavit expressing his intent to withdraw the communication he filed against President Rodrigo Duterte before the ICC. Photo courtesy of Larry Gadon

In Duterte-land, U2’s Bono touches on the taboo

Dec 11, 2019 - 5:12 PM

’You don’t compromise on human rights,’ he wants to tell the President

Ghost of Marcos' Martial Law seen under Duterte – rights groups

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:30 AM

(UPDATED) On the 47th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, various groups urge Filipinos to take a stand amid human rights violations under President Rodrigo Duterte

CHR to start inquiry into threats, harassment vs rights defenders

Sep 05, 2019 - 2:10 PM

CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz says they note the serious allegations of government attempts to silence and intimidate human rights defenders through various methods, including the use of judicial system

Various groups of militant protesters, on Aug. 1, 2019, troop to the DOJ Bldg., in Quezon City, during hearing of a perjury case filed against groups, Karapatan, Religious Missionaries of the Phil, and Gabriela by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

U.S. lawmakers 'deeply troubled' by human rights abuses in PH

Jul 31, 2019 - 9:32 AM

Several members of the US House of Representatives call out the Duterte administration's drug war, crackdown on press freedom, and attacks on rights groups

US LAWMAKERS. In this photo, the US Capitol where lawmakers hold office is shown on the morning of June 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. File photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP

'Enough of him’: Groups slam Duterte halfway through his term

Jul 23, 2019 - 9:21 AM

In the same day that President Duterte delivers his 4th State of the Nation Address, critics say they've had enough of his administration

Protesters from the United People's Sona brave the rain as they march along Commonwealth Avenue on July 22, 2019, to stage a program during President Rodrigo Duterte's State of the Nation Address. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Human rights: How to deal with Duterte, the biggest challenge?

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:47 PM

Advocates are constantly challenged by President Rodrigo Duterte's 'intentional distortion' of human rights since 2016. What are lessons learned?

Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

End Duterte ‘war’ on rights defenders, watchdogs say

Feb 28, 2019 - 6:39 PM

'Alongside his infamous ‘war on drugs’, President Duterte has declared open season on human rights defenders in the Philippines,' says the International Federation for Human Rights

'VIOLENT RHETORIC.' Human rights watchdogs call out President Rodrigo Duterte supposedly encouraging threats against human rights defenders like activists, journalists, and opposition lawmakers. Malacañang file photo

Human rights activists ‘never had it so good’ under Duterte admin – Panelo

Dec 20, 2018 - 12:56 PM

Malacañang makes this claim while President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to have human rights activists gunned down and has even warned he would slap UN special rapporteurs

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Presidential Chief Legal Counsel and Spokesperson Salvador Panelo at the sidelines of the 85th anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) at The Forum of the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Grounds in Pasay City on December 6, 2018. RICHARD MADELO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Groups on Trillanes arrest: Part of crackdown on gov't critics

Sep 26, 2018 - 4:09 PM

The arrest of Senator Antonio Trillanes IV sends a chilling effect among other critics of the Duterte administration, says Human Rights Watch

ARRESTED. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV gets on a  police vehicle to bring him to the Makati Police Station for booking procedures following his arrest on September 25, 2018. He was released after posting bail. Photo by Joseph Vidal Senate PRIB

LOOK: Families of drug war victims stage 'Pietà'

Sep 08, 2018 - 10:25 AM

The Rise Up for Life and For Rights group says the tableau dramatizes the 'loss, grief, and rising' of the families of victims of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody campaign against drugs

Families and victims of drug related killings, Rise Up for Life and supporters hold a Black Friday Protest at the Boy Scout Circle in Quezon City. Depicting the Pieta scene, the families continue to seek justice for their kin who fell victims to the relentless and brutal war on drugs waged by the Duterte government. September 7, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

WATCH: Roque told people not to vote for 'self-professed murderer' Duterte

Sep 07, 2018 - 7:00 PM

Way back when, lawyer Harry Roque urged people to oppose Rodrigo Duterte's presidential candidacy 'because the right to life is the most important of all'

Senate: Hearing on Ethical Standards for Public Servants. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Robredo hits Duterte for 'untruth' on human rights

Jul 29, 2018 - 9:14 AM

(UPDATED) Vice President Leni Robredo challenges human rights advocates, 'Beyond speaking truth to power, we must speak truth to the heart of every Filipino'

HUMAN RIGHTS. Vice President Leni Robredo says the fight for human rights must be made relevant to the hearts of Filipinos. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Bishops hit Duterte for pitting human rights vs human lives

Jul 24, 2018 - 10:15 AM

(UPDATED) 'Such a statement implies that the victims of drug-related killings are not human lives!' says Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David after SONA 2018

DEFENDING LIFE. Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David attends the recently concluded Philippine Conference on New Evangelization. Days later, he criticizes President Rodrigo Duterte for pitting human rights against human lives. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

HRW: Anti-tambay policy 'retraumatizes' communities affected by drug war

Jun 26, 2018 - 2:57 PM

'The police are again demonstrating their preference for wielding fear, intimidation, and arbitrary arrest to target vulnerable communities rather than respect for the rule of law,' says Phelim Kine of Human Rights Watch

File photos from Shutterstock, Alecs Ongcal and Fritzie Rodriguez/Rappler

Law groups to U.N. expert: Probe Duterte threats vs judiciary

Apr 18, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Malacañang, however, says President Rodrigo Duterte's remarks against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno only show his 'dislike' of her, and not of the judiciary

Lawyers Arpee Santiago of the Ateneo Human Rights Center, Neri Colmenares of National Union of People's Lawyers and Integrated Bar of the Philippines' Abe Fajardo, Ryan Jay Roset and Dean Tony La Viña on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, show a copy of the submitted report to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers Diego Garcia Sayan narrating the recent statements by President Rodrigo Duterte against Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

EU political party official barred from entering PH

Apr 15, 2018 - 7:40 PM

Giacomo Filibeck of the Party of European Socialists is one of the critics of President Rodrigo Duterte's bloody anti-drug campaign. He was supposed to join an Akbayan event in Cebu City.

Duterte wants charter change to ‘avoid accountability’ for EJKs – analyst

Apr 10, 2018 - 8:00 AM

(UPDATED) UP political scientist Gene Lacza Pilapil says there are 3 ways for President Duterte to be protected from prosecution after his term under the 1987 Constitution ends in 2022

Roque: Human rights groups may be 'unwitting tools' of drug lords

Mar 26, 2018 - 5:20 PM

Drug lords, says the presidential spokesman, 'can easily use their drug money to fund destabilization efforts against the government'

Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Harry Roque announces during a press briefing in Malacañang on March 20, 2018 that the dollar remittances from overseas Filipinos have risen to 2.7 billion in January this year according to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. Malacañang Photo

[OPINION] ICC: Complementarity, not exhaustion of remedies

Mar 10, 2018 - 11:00 AM

If the ICC has to wait for the Duterte regime to investigate – which is not forthcoming at all – the ICC will never be able to act

Sereno impeachment, Mercado on frigates deal, UNCHR chief slams Duterte | Midday wRap

Mar 08, 2018 - 12:51 PM

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What are the roles of United Nations special rapporteurs?

Mar 07, 2018 - 7:52 PM

Special rapporteurs work in their personal capacity and are not considered employees by the United Nations, hence they do not receive any salary

EXPERTS. United Nations special rapporteurs, such as Agnes Callamard, are tasked to monitor human rights situation around the world. Photo courtesy of Loey Felipe/UN Photo

UN experts urged to probe Duterte's threats vs human rights activists

Mar 05, 2018 - 1:55 PM

‘Coming from the President’s mouth, the threats can be taken as calls to the military and police forces…to escalate suppression and repression,’ says rights group Karapatan

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the Petron-Petron Dealers Association (PETDA) Mindanao Mini Convention at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on February 24, 2018. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CHR reminds Duterte, police: Obey 'lawful' orders

Mar 02, 2018 - 5:38 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says the Philippines is a signatory to various international treaties that require the country to be open to investigations in relation to alleged human rights abuses

Amnesty Int'l urges PH gov't to release De Lima

Feb 23, 2018 - 12:16 PM

'It is a sad state of affairs when the Philippines government is more interested in jailing critics than preventing police from killing thousands of mainly poor people,' says Amnesty International's Director of Southeast Asia and the Pacific James Gomez

DRUG WAR CRITIC. Senator Leila de Lima was arrested in February 2017 over drug charges which she says were made-up. File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trillanes, Sabio welcome Int'l Criminal Court preliminary examination of drug war killings

Feb 08, 2018 - 3:06 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says it is ready to assist in the process, and hopes that the police and justice department would fully cooperate as well

FilAm, Church groups ask Duterte to condemn EJKs, probe killings

Dec 30, 2017 - 3:32 PM

The Duterte administration has long been accused of either being behind the killings links to the drug war or being passive in stamping it out

DRUG WAR DEATHS. Families and activist light lanterns and candles in a symbolic event to condemn the spate of killings – including those linked to the drug war – at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

On Human Rights Day, PH says it upholds 'due process for state agents'

Dec 10, 2017 - 3:42 PM

President spokesperson Harry Roque says international rights group Human Rights Watch is 'blind, deaf and dumb' about the Duterte government's efforts to punish scalawag cops

HUMAN RIGHTS ADVOCATE. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque is a known advocate of human rights and international humanitarian law

IN PHOTOS: Rights groups protest against 'killing fields' in Mindanao

Dec 06, 2017 - 6:24 PM

Barug Katungod Mindanao and Karapatan stage a rally in front of the Department of National Defense to protest against Martial Law in Mindanao

STOP THE KILLINGS. A protester holds a placard that shows half of his face in Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

CHR's Gascon to Duterte: Words matter

Nov 22, 2017 - 2:40 PM

'This is particularly important to remember when words are spoken by those who are supposed to be our leaders,' says Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon, after another tirade by President Rodrigo Duterte

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Nov 13, 2017 - 9:55 PM

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Int'l coalition calls for 'decisive actions' against drug war killings in PH

Nov 10, 2017 - 2:17 PM

More than 200 non-governmental organizations also urge ASEAN to end its silence on human rights violations under President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs

Ejk victims light thousand of candles on all souls day to call for end to state violence. Photos by Maria Tan

Duterte wants Philippines to host 'world summit on human rights'

Nov 10, 2017 - 12:44 PM

'All the victims of human rights violation are invited to come and air their gripe or grievances,' says the Philippine president

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his speech during the meeting with Filipinos residing in Vietnam at the Pulchra Resort in Da Nang City on November 9, 2017, gives his insights on globalization citing that if it should be promoted, global trade players should strike a balance between the rich and poor countries. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Human rights 'considerably worsened' in first 6 months of Duterte – EU report

Oct 23, 2017 - 2:39 PM

The report is published barely a week before the Philippine government confirmed it will reject all kinds of grants from the European Union

Taking PNP out of drug war won't stop international pressure – HRW

Oct 13, 2017 - 1:08 PM

Human Rights Watch says the fight will not end 'until there is justice and accountability for the thousands of victims' of President Rodrigo Duterte's violent war on drugs

Nanette Castillo looks at the dead body of her son Aldrin, an alleged drug user killed by unidentified assailants, in Manila on October 3, 2017. Philippines police officers who want to speak out about "extrajudicial killings and summary executions" in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war have been offered sanctuary and legal help by the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church, which counts 80 percent of Filipinos as followers, has been one of the leading critics of the drug war and its offer to police on Monday was another step in its efforts to stop the killings. / AFP PHOTO / NOEL CELIS

FEU takes a stand, holds classes on Martial Law anniversary

Sep 21, 2017 - 5:50 PM

(UPDATED) Though not covered by the President's order to public schools not to hold classes, FEU declares it is holding classes. 'To safeguard our rights and freedoms, today we have to take a stand', FEU President Michael Alba says.

HRW to Duterte: Retract threat vs human rights advocates

Aug 17, 2017 - 1:19 PM

The New York based organization says President Rodrigo Duterte has placed targets on the backs of human rights advocates

Rappler Talk: The love-hate relationship between Duterte and the Lumad

Aug 09, 2017 - 10:08 PM

Bookmark this page to watch the interview on Wednesday August 9 as MovePH talks to an indigenous community elder and a student

CHR investigates raid that led to Parojinog death

Jul 31, 2017 - 7:14 PM

The Commission on Human Rights probes into whether protocols were followed in the raid that led to the death of 15 people including the Ozamiz City mayor

EU MPs 'concerned' over Philippine drug war deaths

Jul 21, 2017 - 3:52 PM

The EU delegation also expresses strong concern over efforts to restore the death penalty and lower the age of criminal responsibility to 9

IN MANILA. Acting European Union (EU) Ambassador to the Philippines Mattias Lentz (2nd R) and Swedish parliamentarian Soraya Post (R) gather in front of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Custodial Center after an European Parliament Sub-Committee for Human Rights delegation visited detained Philippine Senator Leila De Lima at the PNP headquarters in Manila on July 19, 2017. Noel Celis/AFP

EU lawmakers visit PH to check human rights

Jul 19, 2017 - 12:14 AM

EU lawmakers led by Soraya Post plan to visit detained Senator Leila de Lima during their trip to the Philippines

EU LAWMAKER. Soraya Post leads a group of EU lawmakers visiting the Philippines to check the human rights situation in the country. File photo of Soraya Post from www.europarl.europa.eu

Bill seeks to create 'separate and specialized' subject on human rights

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:48 PM

UPDATED This follows one of the recommendations of a 2012 study commissioned by the Commission on Human Rights and the United Nations Development Programme