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Leading Hong Kong activists charged for Tiananmen vigil gathering

Jul 13, 2020 - 6:23 PM

At least 13 leading activists appear in court on Monday, July 13, to be formally charged with 'inciting' an unlawful assembly, which carries up to 5 years in jail

VIGIL. In this file photo, activists hold a candlelit remembrance after crossing downed barricades into Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020, after the annual vigil that traditionally takes place in the park to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown was banned on public health grounds because of the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Greta Thunberg throws support behind PH climate activists, tweets #JunkTerrorLaw

Jul 07, 2020 - 12:56 AM

In 2018, the international nongovernmental organization Global Witness said the Philippines was the most dangerous country to be an environmental activist

Democracy books disappear from Hong Kong libraries

Jul 04, 2020 - 8:46 PM

Among the authors whose titles are no longer available are Joshua Wong, one of the city's most prominent young activists, and Tanya Chan, a well known pro-democracy lawmaker

Hong Kong - 27 May 2020: Pro-democracy Demosisto Party member Joshua Wong talks to media during an interview in front of the Central Government Complex on 27 May 2020 in Hong Kong, China . Shutterstock.com

Arrested in 2019 crackdown, jailed activist gives birth in a pandemic

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:49 PM

Ina Nasino, 23, pleads with the court to let her stay with her baby, either at the hospital or at a prison nursery, until at least the child is 6 months old

NEWBORN. Activist Ina Nasino, 23, gives birth to a baby girl at the Dr Fabella Memorial Hospital on July 1, 2020. Photo courtesy of Kapatid

False Facebook accounts of U.P. students, alumni reported after terror bill protests

Jun 07, 2020 - 9:09 AM

Here's how you can report accounts pretending to be someone you know or someone that doesn't exist

41 activists, lawyer in Iloilo freed after labor day arrest

May 02, 2020 - 11:03 PM

Each had to post a P12,000 bail

ARRESTED. Lawyer Angelo Guillen is arrested for legally assisting activists who were arrested by the police on May 1, 2020, during an attempt to hold a protest. Photo courtesy of NUPL


'They shot my tatay 9 times'

Apr 30, 2020 - 1:52 PM

The son of Jory Porquia of Bayan Muna laments on Facebook on the brutal manner his father was killed by 4 armed men in Iloilo City

Activist Jory Porquia was shot dead in his rented home at Arevalo in Iloilo City early Thursday, April 30./Photo from Jory Porquia Facebook

Martin Khor: The making of a global activist

Apr 08, 2020 - 2:15 PM

Martin the phenomenon was, in a very real sense, produced by globalization, and he emerged as the anti-thesis to it

MARTIN KHOR. 2013 file photo of Martin Khor. Photo by Fernanda LeMarie - Cancillería del Ecuador on Wikipedia

Aileen San Pablo Baviera: Revolutionary at heart, more than a China watcher

Mar 25, 2020 - 12:12 PM

Unknown to many, Aileen was also involved in the Philippine Left's revolutionary struggle

[OPINION] Pens and placards: On campus journalists as student activists

Mar 13, 2020 - 2:00 PM

'To be an activist does not require one to be physically present in rallies and street protests. It can be done through the formidable power of the written word.'

Greta Thunberg urges activists to avoid mass climate protests

Mar 12, 2020 - 1:40 PM

She urges activists to 'join the #DigitalStrike for upcoming Fridays – post a photo of you striking with a sign and use the hashtag #ClimateStrikeOnline ! #fridaysforfuture #climatestrike #schoolstrike4climate'

ONLINE PROTESTS. File photo of Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg (center) during a "Youth Strike 4 Climate" protest march in Bristol, south west England on February 28, 2020. Photo by Geoff Caddick/AFP

The First Quarter Storm of 1970 revisited

Feb 06, 2020 - 7:39 PM

Armed with nothing more than angry slogans and sticks and stones – and an occasional pillbox or two – those who manned the barricades during the FQS would undergo a baptism of fire that would change their lives forever

First Quarter Storm Reunion. Rappler Photo

Greta Thunberg makes history as youngest TIME 'Person of the Year'

Dec 11, 2019 - 9:24 PM

'Meaningful change rarely happens without the galvanizing force of influential individuals, and in 2019, the earth’s existential crisis found one in Greta Thunberg,' says TIME editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal

Amid crackdown, activists lose another bid for extraordinary legal remedy

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:44 PM

The Court of Appeals denies the petition for writ of habeas corpus filed by the family of youth activist Alexandrea Pacalda. Law professor Ted Te says a Marcos-time SC ruling has rendered 'habeas corpus inutile.'

LOST BID. Quezon youth activist Alexandrea Pacalda loses her bid for the Writ of Habeas Corpus at the Court of Appeals. Photo courtesy of Karapatan

[OPINION] The irony of National Students' Day

Nov 19, 2019 - 10:28 AM

Threats and intimidation against progressives continue to exist. The state's guns are still trained on social activists.

Supreme Court on arrests of 62 activists: File case if you want

Nov 03, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'The proper remedy is to file a motion to quash either before the court that issued [search warrants], or before the court where the cases are eventually filed,' says the Supreme Court

SEARCH WARRANTS. Supreme Court reminds judges to be 'deliberate, circumspect and prudent' in the issuance of search warrants. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

'Bulletproof' China-backed site attacks Hong Kong democracy activists

Nov 01, 2019 - 4:09 PM

From high-profile activists to journalists and lawmakers, about 200 people seen as supporting Hong Kong's protest movement have been 'doxxed' – had their personal details posted online – by the site HK Leaks

MASKED PROTEST. A man holds a flag that reads 'Liberate Hong Kong Revolution of our times' in the Lan Kwai Fong area during Halloween in Hong Kong on October 31, 2019. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Calida calls Quezon youth activist 'pa-victim'

Oct 31, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The military files charges against youth activist Alexandrea Pacalda 8 days after holding her in custody without a warrant

HABEAS CORPUS. A petition for habeas corpus is filed with the Supreme Court on September 23, 2019, to demand the release of youth activist Alexandrea Pacalda who is in the custody of the military. Photo from Karapatan

San Francisco folks raising funds to bring home activist shot in Ifugao

Sep 28, 2019 - 8:13 AM

(UPDATED) Brandon Lee, an American citizen red-tagged by the Philippine military, has survived 8 cardiac arrests and needs to fly to San Francisco for his safety and for better medical treatment

Photo from Brandon Lee's Facebook page

[OPINION] My activist story

Aug 29, 2019 - 9:57 AM

From obedient child to stubborn activist to parent – here's my journey of 33 years

[OPINION] Activism as the foundation of the university

Aug 22, 2019 - 9:58 AM

The truth that we uncover in the university reveals a dying planet, an unequal social order, persistent poverty and universal hunger, unjust war and violence, bigotry and discrimination, intolerance and hate

Anakbayan: ‘Missing’ youth activist is free and safe

Aug 12, 2019 - 10:28 PM

The 18-year-old Anakbayan member is still active, but not ready to resurface due to threats of harassment, abduction, and assassination, the group's leader says

YOUTH ACTIVISTS. (From left) Hen Namoca, Raoul Manuel of NUSP, Alex Danday of Anakbayan, Kara Tanggava of LFS, and Daryl Angelo Baykado of the CEGP hold a press conference on August 12, 2019, to belie the allegation that a 17-year-old student who joined Anakbayan was kidnapped. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

[OPINION] We are young and we choose to fight back

Aug 10, 2019 - 1:22 PM

'This is why the youth’s patriotism will never be quelled for we continue to embrace the struggle of workers, peasants and other sectors of the society,' asserts youth activist Daryl Angelo Baybado

U.N. experts urged to probe killings of environmental defenders in PH

Jul 30, 2019 - 7:38 PM

In its annual report, international watchdog Global Witness has tagged the Philippines as the most dangerous country for environmental activists

DEADLIEST. The Kalikasan Philippine Network for Environment holds a press briefing at the Commission on Human Rights headquarters in Quezon City to release the report by international watchdog Global Witness which has dubbed the Philippines as the deadliest country in the world for environmental defenders. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

More than 160 land defenders murdered in 2018 – watchdog

Jul 30, 2019 - 12:01 PM

The Global Witness annual land defenders report found 'countless' more people were silenced through violence, intimidation and the use and misuse of anti-protest laws across the world

PH deadliest country for environmental activists in 2018 – report

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:50 AM

Global Witness says 30 environmental activists were killed in the Philippines in 2018

A group of farmers hold a protest at the Department of Justice in Manila on 11 March 2019, as the mother of a survivor in the Sagay massacre files a child custody case against police officers and her estranged ex-husband. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

DOJ conducts special probe into activist killings in Bicol

Jun 19, 2019 - 6:45 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra creates special investigating teams to look into the killings of Ryan Hubilla, Nelly Bagasala, and Neptali Moraga

Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong sent back to jail

May 17, 2019 - 8:59 AM

Wong, who was 17 when the Umbrella Movement protests began, is ordered to return to jail to serve a reduced sentence of two months

Pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong speaks to the media in front of the high court in Hong Kong on May 16, 2019, before judgement is handed down on his appeal of a three-month jail term received for contempt of court during the clearance of Mong Kok at the 2014 occupy protests. Prominent Hong Kong student leader Joshua Wong was sent back to prison on May 16 after he lost an attempt to appeal a jail sentence over his leadership of huge democracy protests five years ago. Isaac LAWRENCE / AFP

Bangladesh charges extremists over gay activist murders

May 12, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Authorities say the 8 suspects are members of Ansar al Islam, a group also blamed for a series of murders since 2013

Bangladeshi journalists and onlookers gather in front of an apartment in Dhaka on April 25, 2016. where here a leading gay rights activist was allegedly hacked to death.  Two people including a leading gay rights activist were hacked to death at an apartment in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka, police said, the latest in a series of attacks on minorities in the Muslim-majority nation. / AFP PHOTO / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN

Rights groups, family demand answers on missing Thai activists

May 11, 2019 - 5:42 PM

A Thailand deputy prime minister denies the missing activists are in government custody

PRAYUT CHAN-O-CHA. This handout photo released and taken by Royal Thai Government on February 11, 2019 shows Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha presiding over a meeting at the Government House in Bangkok. Handout photo

Saudi court resumes high-profile trial of women activists

Apr 17, 2019 - 3:28 PM

The 11 activists face charges that include contact with foreign media, diplomats and human rights groups

FIGHTING FOR WOMEN'S RIGHTS. Women's rights activists hold signs as they take part in a demonstration organized by Amnesty International outside the Saudi Arabia embassy in Paris, on March 8, 2019 during International Women's Day. File photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Saudi women activists on trial after a year in detention

Mar 14, 2019 - 3:12 PM

The trial of the women comes as Saudi Arabia seeks to placate international criticism over last year's murder of insider-turned-critic Jamal Khashoggi

ACTIVISM. Women's rights activists hold signs as they take part in a demonstration organized by Amnesty International outside the Saudi Arabia embassy in Paris, on March 8, 2019 during International Women's Day. Photo by Philippe Lopez/AFP

Rights groups condemn Saudi over trial of women activists

Mar 02, 2019 - 6:11 PM

Some of those detained have allegedly faced torture and sexual harassment during interrogation, following their arrest in May last year in a sweeping crackdown on campaigners

TRIAL. More than a dozen activists were arrested and put on trial in Saudi Arabia. AFP PHOTO/STR / AFP PHOTO / STR

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

Blacklisted Australian rights activist leaves Philippines

Aug 14, 2018 - 5:32 PM

Gill Boehringer is the latest foreigner ordered out of the Philippines following Australian Catholic nun Patricia Fox, who has been fighting deportation since April

GILL BOEHRINGER. Australian professor Gill Boehringer, 84, poses for a photo inside the airport's day room at the international airport in Manila on August 14, 2018. Photo by AFP.

Canada asks for help in Saudi dispute

Aug 10, 2018 - 9:37 AM

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is reportedly in backchannel talks with her counterparts in countries that were also targets of Saudi backlashes for calling out the kingdom for human rights abuses

BACKCHANNEL TALKS. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland is said to be in backchannel talks to solve Canada's diplomatic row with Saudi Arabia. Photo from the Twitter account of Chrystia Freeland

Record 207 environmental activists killed in 2017

Jul 24, 2018 - 3:26 PM

The Global Witness reports that Brazil was the most dangerous country for land activists in 2017 with 57 killed, while the Philippines accounted for 48

Hong Kong independence duo given jail term for parliament chaos

Jun 04, 2018 - 2:16 PM

Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-ching are told they had 'directly hurt the dignity of the legislative council' by judge Wong Sze-lai, who went on to grant them bail pending appeal

YAU WAI-CHING. Disqualified pro-independence lawmaker Yau Wai-ching arrives at the Kowloon City Magistrates Court in Hong Kong on June 4, 2018, before her sentencing after being found guilty of unlawful assembly. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Sagada council urges DOJ: Drop terror tag vs indigenous activists

May 02, 2018 - 1:09 PM

'The above-named individuals tagged in the list are personally known to this body and to the community of Sagada as common and law-abiding citizens,' says the Sagada Municipal Council

TERROR TAG 'WRONG'. The Department of Justice has a petition before the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 19 to have hundreds declared as terrorists. Rappler file photo

Mabinay 6: Youth activists now ‘targets of government crackdown’

Mar 31, 2018 - 9:30 AM

It's been a month since the military arrested Myles Albasin and 5 other young people in Negros Oriental. They allegedly fired at the soldiers, but have tested negative for gunpowder.

MABINAY 6. The 6 youth activists were tagged as part of the New People's Army following an "encounter" with the military. Photo from Kush Felisilda/Aninaw Productions

Bahrain vows to hunt social media dissidents

Mar 25, 2018 - 11:20 PM

The Bahraini government will adopt 'severe measures to deal with unprecedented chaos by disruptive social media accounts'

Ifugao environmental activist shot dead

Mar 05, 2018 - 12:45 PM

Ricardo Pugong Mayumi of the Ifugao Peasant Movement has been leading the opposition to Quadriver Mini Hydro Dam of the Sta Clara Power Corporation in his native Tinoc town in Ifugao

THREATS. Ricardo Mayumi and 9 other members of the Ifugao Peasant Movement have been getting death threats for opposing the proposed minihydro dam in Tinoc, Ifugao. Photo courtesy of the IPM

Hong Kong democracy activists walk free in appeal victory

Feb 06, 2018 - 5:06 PM

Chief justice Geoffrey Ma says the terms given to the trio were 'significantly more severe' than the range previously handed down for unlawful assembly offenses

DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS. In this file photo taken on January 16, 2018 bailed Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong (L), Nathan Law (C) and Alex Chow face the media outside the Court of Final Appeal before their first appeal hearing against jail sentences in Hong Kong. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

Peta's naked 'bunny girl' freezes tail off in Olympic fur protest

Feb 06, 2018 - 3:13 PM

'Animal cruelty is animal cruelty, whether it's dog's or rabbits, minks or racoons,' says People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

FUR PROTEST. Animal rights activists like Ashley Furno have called for South Korea to stop eating dogs at previous major sporting events, notably at the 2002 World Cup. Photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Dogs, cats slaughtered: 'Extreme' markets horrify activists

Jan 30, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Animal activists urge for the shut down of markets in Indonesia, where live dogs and cats are butchered and blow-torched alive

ANIMAL CRUELTY. A dog waits for slaughter at the Langowan market, before he was rescued by DMFI. Photo from DMFI

Tunisia police disperse LGBT protesters

Jan 28, 2018 - 5:58 PM

Policemen in plain clothes move on a dozen protesters, including one bearing a sign calling for a secular state

PROTEST. Policemen in plain clothes force Tunisian activist Amina Sboui, also know as Amina Tyler, a radio presenter on the new "Shams Radio", the first LGBT radio in the Arab region, into a vehicle as they disperse an LGBT protest in Tunis on January 27, 2018. Photo by Fethi Belaid/AFP

QC court acquits army major in Jonas Burgos case

Oct 12, 2017 - 10:25 AM

(5th UPDATE) The eyewitness account pointing to army major Harry Baliaga Jr is deemed hearsay by the court since Jeffrey Cabintoy could not be found to take the witness stand during trial

Environmentalists, rights activists across PH slam Duterte's SONA 2017

Jul 25, 2017 - 10:00 PM

Change did not happen an indigenous peoples group says

PEOPLE'S SONA. Members of the Lumad from Mindanao join a protest march during President Rodrigo Duterte's 2nd SONA on July 24, 2017. Photo by Anjie de Silva/Rappler

2016 deadliest year for environment defenders – report

Jul 13, 2017 - 7:05 PM

At least 200 land and environmental defenders died in 2016 the deadliest year on record according to the latest report by environmental monitor Global Witness

Thai activist arrested for commemorating democratic revolution

Jun 24, 2017 - 1:28 PM

Activist Ekachai Hongkangwan is taken to a Bangkok military base for attitude adjustment

THAI MONARCHY. An image of Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn who became the king of Thailand on December 1, 2016, opening a new chapter for the powerful monarchy in a country still mourning the death of his father. Photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha / AFP