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LIVE: U.N. rights office presents PH situation report to Human Rights Council

Jun 30, 2020 - 4:08 PM

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

U.N. rights council agrees to urgent debate on racism, police violence

Jun 15, 2020 - 7:14 PM

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

UNHRC. The UN's top rights body agrees to a request from African countries to urgently debate racism and police brutality. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. Human Rights Council to suspend session over COVID-19

Mar 12, 2020 - 7:25 PM

The top UN rights body has decided 'to suspend the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council on the 13th of March until further notice'

SUSPENDED. Delegates of the United Nations Human Rights Council are seen in silhouette outside of the assembly hall during a session in Geneva on March 12, 2020. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

UNHRC urged to create Commission of Inquiry for Philippines

Mar 06, 2020 - 10:47 AM

The group emphasizes the need for an investigation into the worsening human rights situation under the Duterte administration – including attacks on environmental defenders

DON'T KILL. Elderly indigenous women assert their rights at a rally in Mendiola. Photo by Mau Victa/Rappler

Crackdown on environmental defenders 'may lead to P1-T ecological damage yearly'

Feb 03, 2020 - 4:42 PM

The Kalikasan People's Network for the Environment submits to the United Nations its own report on the human rights situation under the Duterte administration

DEFEND THE DEFENDERS. The Philippines is the most dangerous country to be an environmental activist, according to the latest report of international nongovernmental organization Global Witness. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Venezuela wins seat on U.N. rights council

Oct 17, 2019 - 10:44 PM

(UPDATED) To applause in the chamber, Venezuela gets the nod in a vote by the UN General Assembly to choose 14 new members for the 47-member body based in Geneva

UNHRC. File photo shows a general view of the 39th UN Council of Human Rights at the UN Offices in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. launches probe into Venezuela rights abuses

Sep 27, 2019 - 6:28 PM

A resolution tabled by more than a dozen countries from Latin America and elsewhere is adopted by the 47-member council with 19 votes in favor, 7 opposed, and 21 abstaining

UN PROBE. A group of lawyers dressed with judicial robes and carrying a Venezuelan national flag protest outside Venezuela's Supreme Court of Justice building against the absence of the rule of law in Venezuela at Chacao neighborhood, in Caracas, on September 26, 2019. Photo by Matias Delacroix/AFP

Locsin forgives Iceland's 'dead resolution' on PH drug war killings

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:27 PM

But Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr maintains he will not allow any foreign observers to enter the Philippines to conduct investigations in line with a report by the UN Human Rights Council

PROBE KILLINGS. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Pakistan calls for U.N. probe of India actions in Kashmir

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:53 PM

'For the last 6 weeks, India has transformed Occupied Jammu and Kashmir into the largest prison on this planet,' says Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi

UN PROBE? Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi leaves after addressing the United Nations Human Rights Council on September 10, 2019 in Geneva. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

U.N. rights chief slams Venezuela over killings, bid to criminalize NGOs

Sep 09, 2019 - 11:06 PM

Michelle Bachelet details a range of ongoing abuses in Venezuela and once again points a finger at Venezuela's police special forces

UN Human Rights High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet attends a press conference one year after she took office at the United Nations Offices in Geneva on September 4, 2019. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

[OPINION] Rainbow glitters after the storm: The UN Human Rights Council Resolution on SOGI

Jul 25, 2019 - 2:42 PM

As to how long the light will stay will all depend on the sterling commitment of people to fight for the beautiful cause of the rights of LGBTIQ persons

Activists worldwide, including myself, were all holding our breaths while governments deliberated on a crucial UN resolution aimed at advancing the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) persons.

Why Iceland led UN resolution on PH drug war killings

Jul 19, 2019 - 4:10 PM

'For a small and peaceful country like Iceland, international law and the multilateral system is our sword, shield and shelter,' says Iceland's Ministry for Foreign Affairs

Bersamin: No need for int'l interference in drug war probe

Jul 19, 2019 - 12:47 PM

'I am a member of the judiciary and kailangan ipilit kong sabihin sa ngayon wala naman kaming nakikitang dapat lamang na manghimasok taga-ibang bansa,' said Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin

File photo of Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Not yet final: Imee Marcos says UNHRC resolution can 'still be withdrawn'

Jul 18, 2019 - 1:07 PM

Senator Imee Marcos says there is 'no UN rule' that stops UNHRC member-states from changing their original votes on the Iceland-backed resolution

DRUG WAR. Suspected drugs personalities were apprehended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Sotto 'won't be surprised' if Philippines quits UNHRC over Iceland resolution

Jul 15, 2019 - 7:01 PM

But Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippines, being a developing country, still needs 'help from the community of nations'

LEAVE UNHRC? Senate President Vicente Sotto III criticizes the UN rights body for adopting the Iceland resolution despite 'not getting majority. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

PH won't provide drug war docs if UNHRC report 'just fishing expedition'

Jul 15, 2019 - 3:25 PM

The Philippine government will only respond to requests for documents if Malacañang 'feels that the question is legitimate'

DRUG WAR. Suspected drugs personalities were apprehended by cops while 3 others died after a shootout in Maypajo, Caloocan City on September 30, 2016. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Groups hit PH govt's 'overreaction' to U.N. resolution vs drug war killings

Jul 12, 2019 - 5:53 PM

Human rights groups say the response of the Philippine government is a 'poor display of diplomacy'

Members of the Human rights defenders who lobbied states at the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council expressd dismay at the poor display of diplomacy by the Philippine government, as the UNHRC voted to adopt Iceland’s resolution to probe the war on drugs in the Philippines at a press conference in Quezon City on July 12, 2019. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Malacañang says UNHRC resolution an insult to Filipinos

Jul 12, 2019 - 8:44 AM

The Palace calls the resolution 'grotesquely one-sided' and says President Rodrigo Duterte will decide whether to 'permit' the United Nations to probe drug war killings

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the mass oath taking of newly appointed government officials at the Malacañan Palace on July 8, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

CHR says U.N. resolution vs drug war 'opportunity' to improve PH situation

Jul 12, 2019 - 12:20 AM

The Commission on Human Rights urges the Philippine government to revisit its stand on independent probes into drug war killings

Philippines threatens U.N. countries hitting drug war

Jul 11, 2019 - 8:39 PM

(UPDATED) Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr warns 18 countries, including Australia and the United Kingdom: 'There will be consequences, far-reaching ones'

TOP DIPLOMAT. Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr rejects a United Nations Human Rights Council resolution against drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo from DFA

Rule of law in Venezuela 'eroded' – U.N. rights chief

Jul 05, 2019 - 8:42 PM

(UPDATED) Venezuela immediately slams the report, saying it 'is dominated by a selective and partial vision'

ON VENEZUELA. In this file photo taken on June 22, 2019 UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Chilean Michelle Bachelet, speaks during a press conference in Caracas. File photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

U.N. rights chief urges states to repatriate families of ISIS fighters

Jun 24, 2019 - 5:28 PM

In her opening address to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Michelle Bachelet insists that countries must take responsibility for their nationals caught up in Syria's drawn-out war

ON ISIS. In this file photo, Chilean High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks during a press conference in Caracas on June 21, 2019. File photo by Cristian Hernandez/AFP

Campuses not camps: China defends Xinjiang policies at UN

Mar 16, 2019 - 11:50 AM

China's vice foreign minister Le Yucheng says their 'training centers' are meant to educate and rehabilitate

UIGHURS. China defends their 'vocational training centers' from critics who say that one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic minorities are being held in detention centers in Xinjiang. File photo shows ethnic Uighurs at a protest march asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region Photo by Emmanuel Dunand/ AFP

Saudi Arabia rejects call for international probe of Khashoggi murder

Mar 14, 2019 - 11:20 PM

The head of a Saudi delegation speaking before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva insists that his country is taking all the 'measures required for us to resolve this heinous crime'

Saudi hit with rare rebuke at U.N. rights body over Khashoggi

Mar 08, 2019 - 10:08 AM

Thirty-six nations condemn Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a rare censure of the oil-rich kingdom at the UN Human Rights Council

A man passes in front of a screen showing Jamal Khashoggi during a commemoration event of Khashoggi's supporters on November 11, 2018 in Istanbul. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on November 11, 2018 that the US will hold accountable all involved in killing a dissident Saudi journalist. OZAN KOSE / AFP

3 U.N. special rapporteurs to probe violations vs De Lima

Dec 21, 2018 - 12:21 PM

(UPDATED) The United Nations Human Rights Council asks the Philippine government to immediately free Senator Leila de Lima

Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday, August 2, 2018 arrives at the Quezon City RTC to attend hearing on her disobedience to summons case filed against her by former justice committee chair Rep. Reynaldo Umali . Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Saudi Arabia, allies slam 'biased' U.N. resolution on Yemen

Sep 29, 2018 - 7:54 PM

It comes after the UN Human Rights Council voted to extend an international probe of alleged war crimes committed in Yemen by both the Saudi-led coalition and the Shiite Huthi rebels

New U.N. panel to prepare indictments over Myanmar atrocities

Sep 27, 2018 - 11:13 PM

Only 3 of the council's 47 members voted against the resolution: Philippines, China, and Burundi. Thirty-five voted in favor, while the rest either abstained or refrained from casting a vote.

UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL. General view of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council during the presentation of report by the Commission of Inquiry on Syria, on March 13, 2018 in Geneva. File photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

PH not following US withdrawal from UN rights body

Jun 21, 2018 - 2:22 PM

The US decision to leave the UNHRC 'reflects' President Rodrigo Duterte's sentiment that 'there is bias in human rights groups,' says Malacañang

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and US President Donald Trump share a light moment prior to the bilateral meeting at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. ROBINSON NIÑAL JR./PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

U.S. steps up threat to quit UN human rights council

Mar 24, 2018 - 11:30 AM

The United States says the UN human rights council was 'grossly biased' against Israel after adopting 5 resolutions against the country

THREAT. The United States says it was losing patience and again threatens to quit the UN Human Rights Council after adopting 5 resolutions condemning Israel. File Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP

[OPINION] Respect for national proceedings?

Dec 09, 2017 - 10:27 AM

If what Harry Roque means about 'national proceeding' is such national criminal proceeding against Duterte, the question is to be asked: is there or has there been such national criminal investigation against Duterte in the first place?

Possible 'elements of genocide' in Myanmar: UN rights chief

Dec 05, 2017 - 9:20 PM

Speaking before a special session of the UN Human Rights Council on the abuses against the Rohingya, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemns 'widespread, systematic and shockingly brutal' attacks against the Rohingya

DEHUMANIZED. Rohingya Muslim refugees children queue for aid suplies at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh on December 4, 2017. Photo by Ed Jones/AFP

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Oct 10, 2017 - 12:48 PM

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PH rejects calls by UN member-states for probe into EJKs

Sep 23, 2017 - 10:33 PM

The Philippine delegation insists that deaths from police operations 'are not EJKs'

HUMAN RIGHTS REVIEW. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) air a live webcast from Geneva, Switzerland of the 3rd Cycle Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Philippines at the CHR Central Office in Quezon City on September 22, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

UN investigators demand 'full, unfettered' access to Myanmar

Sep 19, 2017 - 4:56 PM

'It is important for us to see with our own eyes the sites of these alleged violations,' the head of the fact-finding mission says

ARRIVALS. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

Marawi crisis, Reynaldo de Guzman, UN Human Rights Council | Midday wRap

Sep 14, 2017 - 12:32 PM

Watch the midday newscast with Mara Cepeda

Global split over Rohingya crisis as China backs Myanmar crackdown

Sep 12, 2017 - 8:20 AM

3rd UPDATE Refugees fleeing the unrest have brought stories of entire villages burned to the ground by Buddhist mobs and Myanmar troops

SEEKING AID. Rohingya refugees from Myanmar's Rakhine state wait for aid at Kutupalong refugee camp in the Bangladeshi town of Teknaf on September 5, 2017.  K M Asad/AFP

After killings of teenagers, HRW urges UN inquiry into PH drug war

Sep 09, 2017 - 1:52 PM

Until Duterte ends his abusive drug war and allows a UN led international probe child killers among the police will continue to get away with murder says Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director Phelim Kine

KILLED IN DRUG WAR. Protest placards, pictures and paintings from supporters fill the Delos Santos store shelves on August, 25, 2017, the eve of Kian's funeral. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

China blocking rights activists, harassing experts at UN – HRW

Sep 05, 2017 - 9:22 PM

In its report Human Rights Watch accuses Chinese officials of routinely photographing and filming activists on UN premises in violation of UN rules and barring Chinese activists from travelling to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

KENNETH ROTH. Executive Director of international non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) Kenneth Roth poses for a picture during an interview with AFP on the eve of the launch of a new report by the NGO in Geneva on September 4, 2017. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini/AFP

Maduro cancels Human Rights Council appearance in Geneva – UN

Sep 05, 2017 - 6:13 PM

Speaking in Geneva shortly before the appearance was scrapped Human Rights Watch executive director Ken Roth says the idea of President Maduro coming to the UN to speak about human rights is laughable

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro holds a national flag during the closing of the campaign to elect a Constituent Assembly that would rewrite the constitution, in Caracas on July 27, 2017. File photo by Federico Parra/AFP

U.S. pressures Myanmar to accept UN rights probe

Jul 11, 2017 - 7:59 AM

Yangon officials said last week that they would deny visas to the 3 person team mandated by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate abuses reportedly committed by security forces in Rakhine state

In this file photo, Rohingya migrants sit in a boat as they are towed closer to land by fishermen, off the coast near the city of Geulumpang in Indonesia's East Aceh district of Aceh province, before being rescued on May 20, 2015. Januar/AFP

Philippines complains to UN agency about Callamard

Jun 24, 2017 - 5:44 PM

UPDATED The Philippines voices its extreme displeasure over the consistent biased prejudgment made by UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard

UN RAPPORTEUR. Agnes Callamard, the UN's special rapporteur on summary or arbitrary executions, refuses conditions set by the Philippine government for a probe into President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

[Newspoint] Quibbling over life and death in the war on drugs

May 13, 2017 - 9:00 AM

Thousands of lives have been taken summarily and we are debating whether those killings were justified or not

Karapatan brings cases of political killings in PH to UN

Apr 12, 2017 - 12:08 AM

Cases of extrajudicial killings related to the Duterte administration s bloody war on drugs are next

STOP THE KILLINGS. Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay leads a rally against extrajudicial killings in the Philippines on March 10, 2017. Photo courtesy Pamalakaya-Pilipinas

Myanmar Rohingya militants call for peacekeeping troops

Mar 29, 2017 - 6:04 PM

In a statement widely shared by Rohingya activists outside of Myanmar the group says it acted to defend salvage and protect the Rohingya community in Arakan Rakhine

PLIGHT OF THE ROHINGYA. Monks and ethnic Rakhine protesters take part in a demonstration against a government push to speed up the citizenship verification process for the stateless Rohingya minority in Sittwe township, Rakhine state, on March 19, 2017. File photo by Khine Htoo Mrat/ AFP

North Korea boycotts UN review of its rights record

Mar 13, 2017 - 8:09 PM

The UN s top expert on the human rights situation in North Korea Tomas Ojea Quintana tells the council in Geneva that increasing military tensions in the Asia Pacific region have further isolated the Stalinist state

PH gov’t fence-sitting on LGBTIQ rights at UN

Nov 23, 2016 - 3:12 PM

Our ambassador’s position simply refuses to give due recognition to our domestic realities and trivializes the efforts of government and civil society to ensure that LGBTIQ Filipinos live with dignity

Growing number of countries refusing to cooperate on rights – UN

Sep 13, 2016 - 6:33 PM

The UN rights chief decries an emerging pattern in which a growing number of states were refusing access to UN representatives investigating allegations of rights violations

DIPLOMACY'S HEART. A view of the UN headquarters complex, as seen from the Visitors'€™ Entrance, 23 September 2014, United Nations, New York. Yubi Hoffmann/UN Photo

Somalia pressed over media freedom, journalist death toll

Sep 04, 2016 - 8:40 PM

A United Nations report says a total of 30 journalists were killed in Somalia between August 2012 and June 2016

United Nations soldiers secure a partially-crumbled perimeter wall following twin car bombings outside the UN's office in Mogadishu on July 26, 2016.  At least 13 people were killed on July 26 in twin bombings near UN and African Union buildings adjoining Mogadishu's airport, police said, in what the jihadist Shabaab group claimed as a suicide attack. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED ABDIWAHAB

UN rights team will seek to hold N.Korea leaders to account

Mar 24, 2016 - 1:10 PM

The new expert group will focus on issues of accountability for human rights violations in the country in particular where such violations amount to crimes against humanity

NORTH KOREA AND HUMAN RIGHTS. This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 20, 2016 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un (C) inspecting landing and anti-landing exercises of the Korean People's Army at an undisclosed location in North Korea. File photo from KCNA/AFP