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Netherlands takes Russia to European court over MH17 downing
The Dutch government's move is designed to support cases brought by the relatives of dozens of victims to the European Court of Human Rights
Darker days ahead: Rights groups slam rejection of ABS-CBN franchise
Human rights groups say this 'solidifies Duterte's tyranny' and proves 'we are under a de facto martial law'
Duterte created 'dangerous fiction' vs rights defenders – CHR report
The Commission on Human Rights says human rights defenders live a 'grim reality' in the Philippines as they face systematic and widespread attacks for their work
In first, U.S. punishes senior Chinese officials over Uighur rights
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States was acting against 'horrific and systematic abuses' in the western region including forced labor, mass detention and involuntary population control
[OPINION] Refugee protection and the threats of the Anti-Terrorism Law
'[The Anti-Terror Law] does not provide safeguards for innocent persons seeking asylum in the Philippines to not be wrongfully classified as terrorists'
[OPINION] Duterte raises the bar on impunity
'It is now hoped that petitions to junk the anti-terror law filed in the Supreme Court can be judiciously decided sooner than later'
Children's rights groups demand justice for 15-year-old killed in Ilocos Sur
The Child Rights Network says using quarantine rules to commit sexual violence and other crimes 'reflects impunity among the deviants in our law enforcement'
HIV patient 'first in remission' without transplant
In a potential breakthrough, a HIV-positive man is cured of the illness without needing a bone marrow transplant
Russians, Saudis top UK 'independent' sanctions list for rights violators
'These sanctions are a forensic tool, they allow us to target perpetrators without punishing the wider people of a country that may be affected,' says Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab
[OPINYON] Ang buhay sa lansangan ay buhay ng pakikibaka ni Ka Elmer Portea
'Tayo naman ang hinahamon ng panahon. Ipagtanggol natin ang siyang nagtatanggol ng atin.'
[OPINION] Defiance as a moral obligation
'Jesus, in the Gospel, said that if a hand causes you to sin, it has to be cut off. This means that things that enable immorality have to be fought and abolished.'
[EDITORIAL] Wala nang 'middle ground' sa ilalim ng anti-terrorism law
Masakit mang aminin, nagtagumpay ang puwersa ng panunupil sa pagpapasa ng mga batas na ito sa Hong Kong at Pilipinas
[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Can we trust the gov't panel probing drug war deaths?
The government trying to make systems work is a welcome thing, but is it sincere and is it moving fast enough? We take a nuanced look at policy work.
Prince Andrew 'bewildered' after Maxwell arrest
Prince Andrew is claimed to be stonewalling a US investigation into alleged sex trafficking of minors by British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell
'Stealth declaration of martial law': Rights groups slam Duterte, anti-terror law
Human rights groups say the anti-terror law further deteriorates Philippine democracy
London hospital sees spike in child abuse during lockdown
Clinical examinations reveal symptoms including bleeding in the eyes, bruising, and scalp swelling, while X-rays or CAT scans show brain hemorrhaging, internal bleeding, and skull fractures
U.S. seizes Chinese products made from human hair in forced labor crackdown
US Customs and Border Protection orders that the company's goods be held on grounds it uses prison and forced labor, including from children
[PODCAST] I've Got An Opinion: PWDs deserve respect – even if they don't look disabled
Many persons with disabilities don’t physically look disabled. Sometimes, that makes it even harder for them to get the help they need.
'Do not be fooled:' Groups say panel probing drug war deaths 'damage control'
(UPDATED) International group Human Rights Watch calls the panel 'nothing more than a ruse to shield the country from international scrutiny'
'I'm going to jump': Tensions on Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship
'I was at sea for a long time. I didn't warn the family, who must think I'm dead,' says Said, a 35-year-old Egyptian on the verge of tears
CHR: Duterte's strong-arm approach contributes to culture of impunity
CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit says the Philippines 'must change course guided by the human rights-based approach to democratic governance'
'Further chilling effect:' U.N. rights chief urges Duterte not to sign anti-terror bill
United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the passage of the bill 'heightens our concerns about the blurring of important distinctions between criticism, criminality and terrorism'
U.N. rights chief: Duterte drug war 'without due regard for the rule of law'
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the 'killings have been widespread and systematic – and they are ongoing'
LIVE: U.N. rights office presents PH situation report to Human Rights Council
Watch Michelle Bachelet of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights presents the comprehensive report on Tuesday, June 30, at 4:30 pm Manila time
Korean, girlfriend arrested for human trafficking in Zambales
Law enforcers are also looking at complaints that the couple may also have victimized over 200 people from Capiz
'Far from collateral damage:' Report shows 122 children killed in Duterte's drug war
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
As surrogacy booms, fears Ukraine becoming 'online baby store'
In some cases parents discover they have no genetic link with children born to surrogates
China forcibly sterilizes Uighurs to control population – report
A report by German researcher Adrian Zenz says Uighur women and other ethnic minorities are being threatened with confinement in re-education camps for refusing to abort pregnancies that exceed birth quotas
4 years on, climate of fear and impunity blocks justice for Duterte’s drug war victims
Police still refuse to cooperate with the Commission on Human Rights while some families signify that they will probably file cases after the Duterte administration
Virus pandemic has led to rise in human trafficking – U.S.
'Traffickers did not shut down. They continue to harm people, finding ways to innovate and even capitalize on the chaos,' US ambassador-at-large on human trafficking John Richmond
U.N. experts renew call for urgent probe into Philippines' human rights abuses
(UPDATED) The experts also call on the International Criminal Court to 'expedite and prioritize the completion of its preliminary examination of the situation in the Philippines'
Amnesty PH slams PDEA for seeking info on 'drug suspects' via Facebook
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency wants to get tips on drug suspects through a Facebook page. Amnesty International Philippines hits the 'dangerous' move.
Pompeo says U.N. vote on race, policing in U.S. is 'hypocrisy'
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says UN should look at racial disparities in Cuba, China, and Iran instead of US
Anti-terrorism bill well-intended but unclear – CHR
'Napakaganda pakinggan ano ang intent ng ating mga legislators, pero hindi kasi nakasaad sa bill,' says CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel Gana
Facial recognition: IT and police in delicate dance
Privacy and rights groups worry about the implications of the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement
Trump signs sanctions law over China treatment of Uighurs
Activists say China has rounded up at least one million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims and is forcibly homogenizing them in a brainwashing campaign with few modern precedents
[OPINION] Who’s afraid of the new anti-terrorism law?
'They can tap my phone, record my conversations, read my emails, hack my internet accounts, take photos and videos of anything I do for 30-60 days'
U.N. rights council agrees to urgent debate on racism, police violence
It is only the fifth time in the council's 14-year history that it has agreed to hold an 'urgent debate,' which is a special debate agreed upon within a regular session of the council
Business groups: Ressa verdict threatens Filipinos' rights, freedoms
(UPDATED) 'It is a big blow to press freedom especially given serious constitutional questions on whether the law is applicable at all. This would threaten our other rights and freedoms,' business groups say
Rights groups slam cyber libel conviction: Dangerous to PH democracy
(UPDATED) Karapatan says the guilty verdict 'sends an even more dangerous message to the public that anyone and everyone can be criminalized for their views and opinions'
House of terror: How the lower chamber let slip a 'killer' bill
The House of Representatives passes a controversial bill that could endanger the progressives, Moros, and Lumad among them due to terrorist-tagging
[OPINION] The humanitarian imperative and the threat of the Anti-Terror Bill
'An important issue, though less discussed in online debates, is the anti-terror bill’s implication on people’s access to humanitarian support'
No to anti-terror bill? DILG employees ‘advised’ against posting on social media
‘We are encouraging everyone in the DILG to be responsible in posting their views and comments against the bill in their social media accounts’
‘Mas dapat magalit’: Filipino youth face dangerous future with anti-terror bill
The Filipino youth will bear the brunt of the anti-terror bill's long-lasting effects
Microsoft joins rivals, bars police use of face recognition tech
Microsoft president Brad Smith says that the company has not sold its technology to police in the United States, and would maintain that policy until there are laws in place 'grounded in human rights'
Lawmakers' changing of anti-terror bill vote has 'no more bearing' – Villafuerte
Villafuerte – among the closest allies of Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano in the House – slams his colleagues for changing their votes
[OPINION] Let us think more critically about 'terrorism'
'[C]ertain academics have recently argued that the legalization of armed movements in the country...would result in the end of their armed struggle. The academics’ arguments stand on shaky ground.'
Some House members' votes on anti-terror bill incorrectly recorded
Most of the House members voted on the anti-terrorism bill through Zoom or a Viber group chat, methods that are prone to errors when there are a total of 302 lawmakers
[OPINION] The George Floyds in our midst
'If we remain blind to the bigotry in our society and only start to take notice when an issue is popular, then our voice lacks authenticity'
IBM turns away from facial recognition business
IBM says it 'firmly opposes and will not condone uses of any technology, including facial recognition technology offered by other vendors, for mass surveillance, racial profiling, violations of basic human rights and freedoms'