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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

Big majority of Filipinos see 'many' human rights abuses in Duterte's drug war – SWS

Jan 13, 2020 - 9:24 AM

(UPDATED) Majority of respondents in the December 2019 survey agree with the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution calling for actions against extrajudicial killings related to President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-illegal drug campaign

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

Duterte apologizes to Suu Kyi for 'genocide' remark

Apr 13, 2018 - 10:23 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte also defends Aung San Suu Kyi from criticism over human rights abuses against the Rohingya

ASEAN WELCOME. President Rodrigo Duterte and partner Honeylet Avancena welcome Myanmar State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi at the opening of the 31st ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Pasay City on November 13, 2017. Malacanang photo

UN reports mass rights abuses in Turkey

Mar 20, 2018 - 6:18 PM

(UPDATED) The report cautions that the extraordinary powers handed to the authorities following the failed coup attempt had caused 'a continued erosion of the rule of law and deterioration of the human rights situation'

TURKEY'S ERDOGAN. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan warns that his troops will not step back. File photo by AFP

‘Posisyon o paninindigan?’: Robredo's most memorable quotes in 2017

Dec 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Vice President Leni Robredo has so far refused to become opposition leader, but this past year she has made strong statements against policies of the Duterte administration

STORY OF HOPE. Vice President Leni Robredo leads the launch of Istorya ng Pag-Asa at Assumption Iloilo, Iloilo City on November 15. Photo by OVP

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

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

Accountability and human rights: The role of the CHR

Aug 06, 2017 - 7:15 PM

Is it the CHR which enjoys enormous powers in the government? Who exactly have been enjoying monopoly of economic and political power in the country who could have done more?

Marawi resident claiming martial law abuses 'a voice in the wilderness' – Alvarez

Jul 24, 2017 - 1:35 PM

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez claims 90 of Mindanao residents support martial rule in their region

MINDANAOAN. Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez raises the gavel during Congress joint session on the extension of martial law in Mindanao on July 22. Photo by Rappler

Marawi resident makes emotional plea vs martial law abuses

Jul 22, 2017 - 3:25 PM

UPDATED Samira Gutoc Tomawis recounts stories of violent interrogations unburied bodies and a Muslim woman who stripped off her clothes in an evacuation center after suffering a mental breakdown

VOICE OF MARAWI. Samira Gutoc-Tomawis tearfully faces pro-Duterte lawmakers on July 22, 2016k to talk about human rights abuses under the Mindanao martial law. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

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Jul 21, 2017 - 10:08 AM

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VICTIMS. Certain elements appear in the circumstances surrounding incidents of extrajudicial killings in the Philippine drug war. All photos by Alejandro Edoria

Two U.S. lawmakers slam Duterte in drug war hearing

Jul 21, 2017 - 7:36 AM

I certainly believe very strongly that a man with the human rights record of President Duterte should not be invited to the White House a US lawmaker says

SLAMMING DUTERTE. US Congressman James McGovern vows to 'lead the protest' in case Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte comes to visit the White House. Screen shot from video by TLHRC

CA junks Martial Law victims' plea for $2B granted in Hawaii

Jul 16, 2017 - 5:55 PM

The Philippines Court of Appeals says the Hawaii court had no jurisdiction over the case filed by victims of human rights abuses

BANTAYOG WALL. Relatives of victims of Martial Law light candles at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Wall of Remembrance to honor the heroism of their fallen kin. File photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

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Jun 19, 2017 - 9:18 PM

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May 25, 2017 - 9:31 PM

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May 24, 2017 - 10:17 PM

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Duterte eyes expanding martial law to whole PH

May 24, 2017 - 5:18 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte says he may expand martial law to Luzon and Visayas if the threat of ISIS persists

The President had to cut his official visit to the Russian Federation short as he had to oversee the terror crisis which has erupted in Marawi City. He then thanked Russia President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation government for giving him and the Philippines' delegation a warm welcome. PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte says martial law due to ISIS threat

May 24, 2017 - 5:13 PM

I cannot gamble with ISIS because they are everywhere President Rodrigo Duterte says a day after he declared martial law in Mindanao

MARTIAL LAW. President Rodrigo Duterte declares martial law in Mindanao while he is in Russia on May 23, 2017. Malacañang photo

U.S. senator threatens to block weapons sale to PNP

May 02, 2017 - 2:03 PM

Senator Benjamin Cardin also says he is deeply disturbed by the invitation of President Donald Trump for President Rodrigo Duterte to visit the White House

HITTING DUTERTE. US Senator Benjamin Cardin threatens to block the sale of certain US weapons to the Philippine National Police. File photo from

The essence of EDSA: Change begins with us

Feb 25, 2017 - 8:00 AM

We don t need false prophets of change who claim that they are the people s last hope The change that we so desire begins with us

Photo by Leni Robredo Media Bureau

7 in 10 Filipinos thumb down martial law – Pulse Asia

Jan 11, 2017 - 12:41 PM

Filipinos disagreement with the need for martial law to solve pressing national problems shoots up in December on the heels of protests against the hero s burial for strongman Ferdinand Marcos

NEVER AGAIN. Photos of human rights victims during the Martial Law. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Thinking of martial law? Time for collective action

Dec 31, 2016 - 3:00 PM

As the year ends Mr Duterte his PNP chief his loyalists in Congress and the Cabinet should take a long hard look at what they have accomplished in these 6 months – before it is too late

Ombudsman: No to 'blind loyalty' despite human rights abuses

Nov 26, 2016 - 4:05 PM

The relevant message is that we cannot pretend to end impunity by clothing ourselves with impunity as well Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says

HUMAN RIGHTS. 'Thou shall not kill,' Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says, as she urges the Philippines to 'go back to basics.' File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Anti-Marcos rally, De Lima-Dayan affair, Rodrigo Duterte | Evening wRap

Nov 25, 2016 - 9:48 PM

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Nationwide protests today vs Marcos hero's burial

Nov 25, 2016 - 10:53 AM

2ND UPDATE Protest rallies against the hero s burial for dictator Ferdinand Marcos begin across the country on Friday November 25 to mark the National Day of Rage and Unity

ANTI-MARCOS PROTEST. Various groups hold protest actions against the hero's burial of dictator Ferdinand Marcos. File photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

#MarcosBurial: 'Sorry I'm not sorry'

Nov 20, 2016 - 1:27 PM

A young woman s open letter to the victims of Martial Law and those who support former president Ferdinand Marcos

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Nov 18, 2016 - 10:52 PM

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Nov 18, 2016 - 2:41 PM

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Marcos buried at Libingan ng mga Bayani

Nov 18, 2016 - 11:04 AM

5th UPDATE The Marcos family asked for simple and private funeral rites says PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa

New textbooks to include SC ruling on Marcos burial – DepEd

Nov 15, 2016 - 8:00 AM

The textbooks however will not dictate on school children whether Marcos is a hero the education department says Let s give them facts [so they] can make a judgment

Marcos loyalists to SC: Hero's burial for national healing, unity

Sep 27, 2016 - 10:02 AM

Marcos loyalists are set to submit their manifestation to the High Court in relation to petitions against a hero s burial for the late strongman

'MARCOS PA RIN'. Supporters of the Marcos family calls for the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani to start national healing. Photo from Marcos Presidential Center

WATCH: Martial Law victim recalls torture by electrocution

Sep 22, 2016 - 4:55 PM

Urban poor leader Trinidad Herrera Repuno s fingers and breasts were electrocuted when she denied she was a member of the Communist Party of the Philippines

WATCH: Martial Law victim recalls act of kindness during detention

Sep 22, 2016 - 2:24 PM

A military officer took care of Cristina Pargas Bawagan while she was detained during Martial Law Through this experience she learned that kindness exists even in times of strife

South Korean law on North Korea human rights comes into force

Sep 04, 2016 - 3:07 PM

The South Korean law which was first proposed in 2005 aims to fund civil activist groups and create an official archive to record rights abuses in North Korea among others

Marcoses: Hero’s burial won’t stop reparations to Martial Law victims

Aug 23, 2016 - 1:52 PM

Whether or not the President’s decision is implemented will not actually affect their right to reparation say the heirs of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos

SC consolidates petitions vs Marcos burial, 3rd plea filed

Aug 19, 2016 - 5:03 PM

Our appeal to President Duterte is the Marcos burial is a promise you can break Whose hearts will you break if you don t go through with it? It s only the Marcoses says one of the petitioners

NO TO HERO'S BURIAL. Three petitions have been filed against the burial of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Supreme Court image from Wikipedia Commons

Martial law victims in Duterte Cabinet urged to speak up

Aug 09, 2016 - 8:00 PM

Ifugao Representative Teddy Baguilat Jr says these Cabinet members should urge President Rodrigo Duterte not to push through with Ferdinand Marcos burial at the Libingan ng mga Bayani

'Buti pa si Marcos may bangkay,' says sister of missing martial law victim

Aug 09, 2016 - 6:15 PM

Marcos [burial] will not bring healing It will even cause more pain for us adds Susan Quimpo whose brother was killed during martial law

NEVER AGAIN. A coalition of groups opposing the burial of the late President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani said his burial will insult the sacrifices made by the victims of the Martial Law. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

PNP chief: I don't condone summary executions

Jul 08, 2016 - 5:43 PM

PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa says he doesn t condone human rights abuses Ayaw na ayaw ko po niyan lalo na yung summary execution

NO TO EXECUTIONS. Director General Ronald dela Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police. File photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

Trillanes: Marcos burial will be '1st headache' of Duterte admin

Jun 15, 2016 - 11:14 AM

The senator s unsolicited advice to the Marcos family: Spare Duterte and opt for a less divisive arrangement

FOCUS ON THE ISSUE. Senator Antonio Trillanes IV says the Binay camp's 'propaganda' can only go so far. Rappler photo

Probe opens into UN troops' alleged sex abuse in DR Congo

Apr 17, 2016 - 12:58 AM

The United Nations and Tanzania open a joint enquiry into alleged sexual abuse by Tanzanian troops serving in the UN peace mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo

ON GUARD. Blue helmet members of the United Nations Organization Stabilization Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo MONUSCO sit on the back of a UN pick-up truck on October 23, 2014 in Beni. Photo by Alain Wandimoyi / AFP

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

In Ilocos, Robredo asked: Why are you proud to be anti-Marcos?

Mar 18, 2016 - 2:13 PM

Responding to a student at a forum the Liberal Party’s vice presidential candidate says it’s not about being anti Marcos but taking a strong stance against the abuses committed during martial law

LOW-KEY VISIT. LP vice presidential bet Leni Robredo talks to students at the Northwestern University in Laoag City on March 18, 2016. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rappler

Ateneo professors to Bongbong Marcos: Stop 'distortion of history'

Mar 02, 2016 - 2:12 PM

UPDATED Ateneo professors condemn attempts to whitewash the Marcos regime s wanton violation of human rights and call for justice on behalf of abuse victims

AGAINST REVISIONISM. Ateneo professors release a statement condemning Senator Bonbong Marcos' comment about Martial Law and reminds voters to remain aware. Image courtesy of the Ateneo de Manila University

Watchdog slams Afghan 'virginity tests' as sexual abuse

Mar 01, 2016 - 5:25 PM

Human Rights Watch calls on Afghanistan s government to stop degrading and unscientific virginity exams

epaselect epa04722517 An Afghan woman paints during a painting session in Herat, Afghanistan, 27 April 2015. The Afghan government and international community have turned their back on female human rights defenders threatened by mounting violence, Amnesty International said 07 April. It said professionals and activists were not only targeted by the Taliban militants but also by warlords and government officials, and face threats, sexual assault and assassinations. There has been a significant progress in media, health and education sectors, but achievement in other areas such as protecting women and human rights and tackling corruption has been limited. EPA/JALIL REZAYEE

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Mar 01, 2016 - 12:12 PM

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Robredo to Bongbong Marcos: 'Facts don't lie'

Feb 25, 2016 - 9:27 PM

Vice presidential candidate Leni Robredo asks Filipino youth to understand the context behind EDSA I and the older generation to help them do it

Imelda Marcos sits through Mass for victims of husband's regime

Feb 25, 2016 - 8:39 PM

The widow of late dictator Ferdinand Marcos turns up at the wrong Church service but says it s fine

WRONG SERVICE. Former first lady Imelda Marcos is escorted by her aid after attending mass intended for martial law victims at the Baclaran Church in Paranaque City on Wednesday morning, Feb. 24. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

UN probe decries 'war crimes' by all sides in Libya chaos

Feb 25, 2016 - 5:35 PM

United Nations investigators report widespread and horrific torture by different factions

epa05091750 Security officers and people walk next damaged cars at the site where a truck bomb exploded at a police camp in the north-western coastal city of Zliten, Libya, 07 January 2016. At least 70 people were killed and dozens injured in the suicide bombing that occurred when a truck, packed with explosives, crashed into the gate of the camp where a crowd of policemen were gathering in the morning. Most of the casualties are believed to be policemen. EPA/STRINGER

Aquino's human rights record a 'failure' – watchdog

Jan 28, 2016 - 5:40 PM

Human Rights Watch also denounces Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte for encouraging extrajudicial killings

President Benigno S. Aquino III delivers his message during the New Year’s Vin d’ Honneur at the Rizal Hall of the Malacañan Palace on Thursday (January 14, 2016). The annual reception which marks the 29th Vin d’ Honneur since the 1986 EDSA Revolution was attended by government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps, officials of international organizations and businessmen. (Photo by Joseph Vidal / Malacañang Photo Bureau)