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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

Pompeo says U.N. vote on race, policing in U.S. is 'hypocrisy'

Jun 20, 2020 - 9:46 PM

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says UN should look at racial disparities in Cuba, China, and Iran instead of US

PROTEST. A protester holds up a sign on the recently rename Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as the sun sets during continued demonstrations on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images/AFP

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

Rights group: PH government's offer of dialogue on abuses 'hollow, hypocritical'

Mar 11, 2020 - 9:50 PM

The Ecumenical Voice for Human Rights and Peace in the Philippines says the Philippine government 'continues without fail to go berserk' instead of addressing issues head-on

Human rights group Karapatan, trooped to the Quezon City Hall of Justice on November 6, 6, 2019, to question and denounce the acts of an executive judge who issued the patently search warrants that led to the raids of offices of progressive groups and the arbitrary arrest of dozens activist. Photo by Darren Langit/Rapplrt

Rising lawyer killings adds pressure point for Duterte in U.N. rights council

Mar 07, 2020 - 12:19 PM

In Geneva, groups highlight the killings of 48 lawyers in the Philippines under the Duterte administration, as the United Nations Human Rights Council prepares to release a report on the country

PHILIPPINE REPORT. UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet will release her comprehensive report on the Philippine human rights situation in June 2020. File 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

Rights groups blast Andanar's 'perilous' attempts to 'mislead' U.N. council

Mar 01, 2020 - 11:45 PM

'Secretary Andanar again performed a show abundant in spins, slants, and distractions,' says National Union of Peoples' Lawyers president Edre Olalia

'SPINNING TRUTH.' File photo of Communications Secretary Martin Andanar by Angie de Silva/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 says loans, grants from countries hitting PH drug war 'small time'

Sep 21, 2019 - 1:21 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'We don't need the money,' says Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr, following the Palace decision to suspend talks on loans and grants from 18 countries that backed the Iceland resolution

INVESTIGATE. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings hold a protest against killings in the government's campaign against illegal drugs. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Malacañang suspends talks on loans, grants from countries backing U.N. probe into drug war

Sep 21, 2019 - 9:37 AM

(3rd UPDATE) Yet Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo categorically denies President Rodrigo Duterte issued such an order

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

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

ASEAN lawmakers: Free De Lima, drop charges vs opposition

Aug 25, 2019 - 10:26 AM

The ASEAN legislators also lament the sedition charges filed against Vice President Leni Robredo and key opposition figures in the Philippines

'FREE DE LIMA.' Jailed opposition Senator Leila de Lima attends her hearing at the Muntinlupa RTC Branch. File photo courtesy of De Lima's office

[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

Locsin contradicts Panelo on cutting ties with Iceland

Jul 16, 2019 - 3:19 PM

'I never considered for a second cutting any ties over this small matter,' says Philippine Foreign Secretary Teodoro 'Teddyboy' Locsin Jr

TIES REMAIN. DFA Secretary Teddyboy Locsin says the Philippines will keep its ties with Iceland and remain in the UN rights body. Photo courtesy of UN

Duterte mulls cutting Iceland ties over U.N. probe – Panelo

Jul 16, 2019 - 1:17 PM

(UPDATED) 'There are only about 2,000 Filipinos there and as far as we know, there are no trade relations between these two countries except maybe fish,' says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

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

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

What happened when the U.N. reviewed Venezuela's human rights situation?

Jul 15, 2019 - 5:39 PM

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro dismisses the report as being 'fraught with false statements.' Will the same happen to the Philippines?

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

Philippines, not U.N., should probe drug war – Lacson

Jul 14, 2019 - 4:13 PM

'Para payagan nating mag-imbestiga sila rito, parang sampal naman sa atin ito,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

PHILIPPINE PROBE. Senator Panfilo Lacson says the Philippines should first probe killings in the drug war before the United Nations. Photo from Senate of the Philippines PRIB

Imee Marcos: PH must cut diplomatic ties with Iceland 'ASAP'

Jul 13, 2019 - 4:35 PM

Marcos, in turn, lashes out at developed countries where abortion is allowed

ICELAND. Senator Imee Marcos says Philippines must cut diplomatic ties with Iceland for leading a resolution that compels the United Nations Human Rights Council to review drug war killings in the country. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[OPINION] Iceland 1, China 0: The diplomatic significance of the U.N. Human Rights Council vote on the Philippines

Jul 13, 2019 - 11:41 AM

The UNHRC vote was the first great test of Duterte’s diplomatic investment in China, and it proved disastrous: China simply could not deliver the votes

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

Meet PH’s new friends: U.N.-member countries that voted vs human rights resolution

Jul 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

These are governments widely criticized for human rights violations, crackdown on dissent, and the stifling of democracy. Some are headed by leaders who bear similarities with President Rodrigo Duterte.

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

Groups hail U.N. resolution vs drug war: 'Crucial step towards justice'

Jul 11, 2019 - 9:12 PM

Human rights groups urge the Philippine government to coordinate with the United Nations as rights chief Michelle Bachelet is expected to write a comprehensive report on the country's situation

END KILLINGS. Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

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

U.N. rights council adopts resolution vs PH drug war killings

Jul 11, 2019 - 7:00 PM

The resolution asks United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet to write a comprehensive report on the drug war killings and urges the Philippine government to refrain from 'all acts of intimidation or retaliation'

JUSTICE. Families of victims of extrajudicial killings call for justice. File photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Rights groups: Pass U.N. resolution vs PH drug war killings now

Jul 11, 2019 - 10:45 AM

'There’s no other time,' say Philippine human rights groups attending the 41st Session of the UN Human Rights Council

Families of victims of extraudicial 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

Families urge U.N. rights council to act vs PH drug war killings

Jul 10, 2019 - 1:38 PM

Rubylin Litao of Rise UP says international support can help stem violence in the Philippines

Families of victims of extraudicial 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

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

Iceland calls for U.N. action vs drug war killings in the Philippines

Jul 05, 2019 - 12:12 PM

(3rd UPDATE) If the draft resolution is approved, the United Nations Human Rights Council will request rights chief Michelle Bachelet to prepare a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in the Philippines

Member of Unchain Chidren express sympathy with the Family of Kian Loyd Delos Santos as well the families of more than 30 children who have been arbitrarily killed under this bloody inhumane war against drugs. Boy Scout Circle QC. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Cambodia premier condemns use of rights as 'political tool'

Jul 04, 2019 - 8:33 PM

In a speech to the United Nations Human Rights Council, Cambodia's premier Hun Sen says rights issues are being used as a 'hostage' in talks on economic ties

HUN SEN. In this file photo, Cambodia's Prime Minister Hun Sen attends the plenary session of the 34th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Bangkok on June 22, 2019. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/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

Sri Lanka U-turns on war crimes probe

Mar 06, 2019 - 9:32 PM

But President Maithripala Sirisena's cohabitation government seeks to distance itself from his stance, saying the administration of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe will remain engaged with the UN on war crimes

U-TURN. President Maithripala Sirisena says he will formally ask the United Nations Human Rights Council to reconsider a 2015 resolution which called for credible investigations into alleged atrocities. File photo by AFP

Venezuela crisis worsened by sanctions – U.N.

Mar 06, 2019 - 7:46 PM

(UPDATED) 'Venezuela clearly illustrates the way violations of civil and political rights can accentuate a decline of economic and social rights,' says United Nations rights chief Michelle Bachelet

VENEZUELA. View of a Venezuelan national flag reading S.O.S. during a rally with Venezuelan opposition leader and self-proclaimed acting president Juan Guaido upon his arrival in Caracas on March 4, 2019. Photo by Yuri Cortez/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

Burundi to shut United Nations rights office – sources

Dec 06, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The government on Wednesday, December 5, sends a verbal note to resident UN coordinator Garry Conille to transmit the message to the rights council's High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet in Geneva

CHR to Duterte gov't: Fulfill duty as U.N. rights council member

Oct 14, 2018 - 7:10 PM

The Commission on Human Rights points out that the reelection of the Philippines was 'expected because the Asian group fielded as many candidates as there were seats in the Human Rights Council'