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Ibon Foundation, a policy research group formed in 1978, says 'the public deserves the truth and to be informed about the issues that matter to them the most'
Poverty has a female face. Women shoulder almost all of the unpaid care work and are hit worst when decent public services are hard to access.
CHR Commissioner Roberto Cadiz says they note the serious allegations of government attempts to silence and intimidate human rights defenders through various methods, including the use of judicial system
Detained Senator Leila de Lima says the bill ensures that human rights workers 'are free and protected' and that government policies will 'support their work and ensure accountability for violations of their rights and freedoms'
The creation of the proposed Human Rights Defenders Protection Act is in response to the worrisome situation of defenders in the Philippines
The bill grants and protects a total of 17 freedoms of human rights defenders, including their freedom from intimidation on the grounds of their work
The public threats 'will weaken the works and influence of human rights defenders... who continue to challenge all forms of injustices and hold people in authority to account,' according to the Commission on Human Rights
'Alongside his infamous ‘war on drugs’, President Duterte has declared open season on human rights defenders in the Philippines,' says the International Federation for Human Rights
2017 marks the bloodiest year for human rights defenders under the Duterte administration
Human rights groups call for the passage of a bill that will recognize the essential role of human rights defenders in ensuring a peaceful and equal society
Even for veterans in the human rights movement, the last two years have been the worst
The Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances says there are 1,993 documented cases of enforced disappearances in the Philippines under different administrations
(UPDATED) 'Dapat din nating bigyang-diin ang diwa ng pagdiriwang na ito, dahil sa mga nakababahalang balita tungkol sa malawakang paglabag sa karapatang pantao, lalo na sa mga nasa laylayan ng lipunan,' says the Vice President
On the 45th anniversary of martial law and some 30 years after his death, Jose Diokno lives on, his ideals and his dreams, and his deeply held belief that it is worth building 'a nation for our children'
CJ Sereno challenges lawyers to go against the tide stand firm in the face of pressure and follow their conscience
International watchdog Front Line Defenders also calls out the President for threatening to kill human rights defenders who criticize his campaign against illegal drugs
To champion her is to elevate our shared aspirations for gender equality peace and sustainable development the group says
UN Special Rapporteur Michel Forst describes the murders of Lumad leaders as systematic no different from the aggressions suffered by human rights defenders in rural areas and indigenous communities
The Philippines is second to Colombia and the highest outside the Americas in human rights defenders killings
Military occupation of civilian institutions and killing of civilians are unacceptable deplorable and contrary to international human rights and international humanitarian standards
Syrian blogger Razan Ghazzawi has been awarded with this year s Human rights Defenders at Risk; she s currently on trial before a military court