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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
Human rights groups say this 'solidifies Duterte's tyranny' and proves 'we are under a de facto martial law'
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
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
'[The Anti-Terror Law] does not provide safeguards for innocent persons seeking asylum in the Philippines to not be wrongfully classified as terrorists'
'It is now hoped that petitions to junk the anti-terror law filed in the Supreme Court can be judiciously decided sooner than later'
The Child Rights Network says using quarantine rules to commit sexual violence and other crimes 'reflects impunity among the deviants in our law enforcement'
'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
'Tayo naman ang hinahamon ng panahon. Ipagtanggol natin ang siyang nagtatanggol ng atin.'
'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.'
Masakit mang aminin, nagtagumpay ang puwersa ng panunupil sa pagpapasa ng mga batas na ito sa Hong Kong at Pilipinas
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.
Human rights groups say the anti-terror law further deteriorates Philippine democracy
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
US Customs and Border Protection orders that the company's goods be held on grounds it uses prison and forced labor, including from children
Many persons with disabilities don’t physically look disabled. Sometimes, that makes it even harder for them to get the help they need.
(UPDATED) International group Human Rights Watch calls the panel 'nothing more than a ruse to shield the country from international scrutiny'
'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 Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit says the Philippines 'must change course guided by the human rights-based approach to democratic governance'
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'
UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the 'killings have been widespread and systematic – and they are ongoing'
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
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
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
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
(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'
The Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency wants to get tips on drug suspects through a Facebook page. Amnesty International Philippines hits the 'dangerous' move.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says UN should look at racial disparities in Cuba, China, and Iran instead of US
'Napakaganda pakinggan ano ang intent ng ating mga legislators, pero hindi kasi nakasaad sa bill,' says CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel Gana
Privacy and rights groups worry about the implications of the use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement
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
'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'
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
(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'
'An important issue, though less discussed in online debates, is the anti-terror bill’s implication on people’s access to humanitarian support'
‘We are encouraging everyone in the DILG to be responsible in posting their views and comments against the bill in their social media accounts’
The Filipino youth will bear the brunt of the anti-terror bill's long-lasting effects
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'
'[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.'
'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 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'
Compared to the country's Human Security Act, the Anti-Terrorism Act drops the bar even lower
Ang anti-terrorism bill ay 'palaruan ng mga demonyo,' isang 'prelude to hell' sa ilalim ng isang despotiko
'What should be noted is the breadth and intensity of opposition [to the anti-terror bill]. This is a much broader range of opposition than on any other issue under the Duterte administration.'
The Duterte administration 'fully rejects' findings of the UN human rights office that government actions are shrinking civic space for legitimate dissent and leading to serious abuses
The bill suffers from obvious legal infirmities, essentially begging for a constitutional challenge
'The timing, in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, is telling'
Ang bawat tipa natin sa ating mga smartphone at laptop ay gawin nating yabag sa lansangan. Angkinin nating muli ang mga lansangan, ang demokrasya.
Paano maaapektuhan ng anti-terror bill ang ordinaryong mamamayan?
This is noteworthy because to open a formal investigation, where summonses and arrest orders can be issued, the ICC must establish that the Philippines is unable or unwilling to investigate on its own