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[OPINION] Honoring the predecessors of the #HijaAko movement

Jul 13, 2020 - 3:29 PM

'We should recognize that the #HijaAko Movement is not merely a Filipinized incarnation of the #MeToo Movement, because it is organically built upon the pioneering initiatives of early activists...the comfort women'

Ex-soldier who fled with puma turns himself over to police

Jul 13, 2020 - 10:47 AM

Zoo officials say people should be aware that big cats are not pets

BIG CAT. Picture released by Aton Chile showing an approximately one-year-old puma in the streets of Santiago on March 24, 2020. Photo by Andres Pina/AFP

10 million kids 'may never return to school' after coronavirus

Jul 13, 2020 - 8:45 AM

Save the Children says the economic fallout of the crisis could force an extra 90 to 117 million children into poverty, with a knock-on effect on school admissions

PRE-PANDEMIC SCHOOL. File photo of Corazon Aquino Elementary School students. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Netherlands takes Russia to European court over MH17 downing

Jul 10, 2020 - 11:46 PM

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

MH17. A picture taken on November 7, 2014, shows a part of the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 at the crash site in the village of Hrabove (Grabovo), some 80km east of Donetsk. File photo by Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP

Darker days ahead: Rights groups slam rejection of ABS-CBN franchise

Jul 10, 2020 - 5:36 PM

Human rights groups say this 'solidifies Duterte's tyranny' and proves 'we are under a de facto martial law'

ABS-CBN workers and supporters on Thursday, July 9, 2020, hold a protest outside the House of Representatives to call for the approval of the network's franchise. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte created 'dangerous fiction' vs rights defenders – CHR report

Jul 10, 2020 - 3:17 PM

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

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

In first, U.S. punishes senior Chinese officials over Uighur rights

Jul 10, 2020 - 10:43 AM

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

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'Trapped' illegal workers in Saudi look to virus for escape

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:02 AM

The problem is rooted in the 'kafala' sponsorship system, described by critics as a modern form of slavery that binds workers to their Saudi employers

MONARCHS. A foreign labourer walks past a banner with portraits of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulazziz (C), his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) and the founder of the Kingdom King Abdulazziz al-Saudm on October 18, 2018 in Riyadh. Photo by Fayez Nureldine/AFP

[OPINION] Refugee protection and the threats of the Anti-Terrorism Law

Jul 08, 2020 - 7:07 PM

'[The Anti-Terror Law] does not provide safeguards for innocent persons seeking asylum in the Philippines to not be wrongfully classified as terrorists'

[OPINION] Duterte raises the bar on impunity

Jul 08, 2020 - 4:10 PM

'It is now hoped that petitions to junk the anti-terror law filed in the Supreme Court can be judiciously decided sooner than later'

Children's rights groups demand justice for 15-year-old killed in Ilocos Sur

Jul 08, 2020 - 3:03 PM

The Child Rights Network says using quarantine rules to commit sexual violence and other crimes 'reflects impunity among the deviants in our law enforcement'

'Pride 20' fights back, accuses MPD of illegal arrest, sexual harassment

Jul 07, 2020 - 8:11 PM

'Gamit ang dahas, pananakot, at pananakit, pa-traidor na binuwag nila ang aming mapayapang pagkilos,' says the so-called Pride 20 in their complaint against 32 Manila policemen

RELEASE. Members of LGBTQ+ groups Bahaghari and Metro Manila Pride who were arrested after staging a Pride march in Mendiola, Manila were released on June 30 at the Manila Police District headquarters. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Russians, Saudis top UK 'independent' sanctions list for rights violators

Jul 07, 2020 - 6:47 PM

'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

SANCTIONS. In this file photo, Britain's Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab arrives at 10 Downing street for a cabinet meeting in London on July 25, 2019. File photo by Tolga Akmen/AFP

[OPINYON] Ang buhay sa lansangan ay buhay ng pakikibaka ni Ka Elmer Portea

Jul 07, 2020 - 2:04 PM

'Tayo naman ang hinahamon ng panahon. Ipagtanggol natin ang siyang nagtatanggol ng atin.'

U.S. judge temporarily closes controversial oil pipeline

Jul 07, 2020 - 10:57 AM

Activists protested and blocked construction of the controversial $3.8-billion, 1,172-mile oil pipeline for months in 2016

Environmentalists march with opponents of the Dakota Access Pipeline during a rally in downtown Chicago. Nov. 12, 2016.

[OPINION] Defiance as a moral obligation

Jul 06, 2020 - 2:20 PM

'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.'

[EDITORIAL] Wala nang 'middle ground' sa ilalim ng anti-terrorism law

Jul 06, 2020 - 12:22 PM

Masakit mang aminin, nagtagumpay ang puwersa ng panunupil sa pagpapasa ng mga batas na ito sa Hong Kong at Pilipinas

[PODCAST] Law of Duterte Land: Can we trust the gov't panel probing drug war deaths?

Jul 05, 2020 - 7:10 PM

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.


'Stealth declaration of martial law': Rights groups slam Duterte, anti-terror law

Jul 03, 2020 - 7:32 PM

Human rights groups say the anti-terror law further deteriorates Philippine democracy

Protesters assemble at the University Avenue in UP Diliman on June 12, 2020, for the Grand Mañanita Independence Day protest. Different groups converge in costumes, carrying placrds calling for the junking of the anti terror bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Botswana reports mysterious deaths of hundreds of elephants

Jul 03, 2020 - 9:00 AM

'The carcasses were animals that had fallen down while walking...right on their sternum which is very unusual,' says conservation biologist Keith Lindsay

London hospital sees spike in child abuse during lockdown

Jul 03, 2020 - 8:11 AM

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

UP Visayas fraternity under fire after leak of lewd messages

Jul 02, 2020 - 12:21 PM

Sister sorority UP Stella Juris says there is 'no place to justify nor tolerate any malicious conduct...allegedly committed by certain individuals who were identified as members of UP Scintilla Juris fraternity.'

Screenshots from Twitter account Manyaks of UPV

U.S. seizes Chinese products made from human hair in forced labor crackdown

Jul 02, 2020 - 8:43 AM

US Customs and Border Protection orders that the company's goods be held on grounds it uses prison and forced labor, including from children

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[PODCAST] I've Got An Opinion: PWDs deserve respect – even if they don't look disabled

Jul 01, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Many persons with disabilities don’t physically look disabled. Sometimes, that makes it even harder for them to get the help they need.

'Do not be fooled:' Groups say panel probing drug war deaths 'damage control'

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) International group Human Rights Watch calls the panel 'nothing more than a ruse to shield the country from international scrutiny'

MEDIA OFF. Police seal off a crime scene following a TokHang operation in Manila on November 7, 2016, that led to the death of the suspect. Rappler file photo

'I'm going to jump': Tensions on Ocean Viking migrant rescue ship

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:56 AM

'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

RESCUED. Some the 47 migrants rescued earlier today by members of French NGO SOS Mediterranee boat Ocean Viking 55 km off the coast of Italian island of Lampedusa are on their way to the Ocean Viking on June 30, 2020. Photo by Shahzad Abdul/AFP

CHR: Duterte's strong-arm approach contributes to culture of impunity

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:47 PM

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit says the Philippines 'must change course guided by the human rights-based approach to democratic governance'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers a speech during the thanksgiving gathering with The Fraternal Order of Eagles (TFOE) at the SMX Convention Center in Davao City on January 17, 2020. Malacañang photo

'Further chilling effect:' U.N. rights chief urges Duterte not to sign anti-terror bill

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:47 PM

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'

Protesters gather at the University of the Philippines in Diliman QC on June 12, 2020, for the Grand Mañanita Independence Day protest. Different groups converge in costumes, carrying placrds calling for the junking of the anti terror bill. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

U.N. rights chief: Duterte drug war 'without due regard for the rule of law'

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:24 PM

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet says the 'killings have been widespread and systematic – and they are ongoing'

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

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

SC's deference to Congress on same-sex union 'dooms marriage equality'

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:25 PM

A paper published by UP Law criticizes the 2019 decision of the Supreme Court junking a same-sex marriage petition mainly due to technicalities, and says it was 'an abdication of its function as a Court'

MARRIAGE EQUALITY. LGBTQ members light candles as they gather outside the Supreme Court in Manila on June 19, 2018 for the on-going oral arguments regarding the petition for same sex marriage. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler


Bias against women driven by people who think it doesn't exist – study

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:39 AM

New research shows that managers who believe gender discrimination is a 'thing of the past' actually showed bias against women by suggesting a female job candidate be paid 8% less than a man

'Far from collateral damage:' Report shows 122 children killed in Duterte's drug war

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:34 AM

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

As surrogacy booms, fears Ukraine becoming 'online baby store'

Jun 30, 2020 - 11:04 AM

In some cases parents discover they have no genetic link with children born to surrogates

U.S. Supreme Court rejects key challenge to abortion rights

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:46 PM

The conservative-leaning court split 5-4 in the decision overruling a state law that requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital

China forcibly sterilizes Uighurs to control population – report

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:50 PM

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

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#StepUpUAP: Another school faces complaints of sexual harassment

Jun 29, 2020 - 7:46 PM

The University of Asia and the Pacific encourages victims of sexual harassment to come forward and file complaints with the Office of Student Mentoring, Guidance and Counseling

Being trans in tech: Championing equality with Google’s Melai Lopez

Jun 29, 2020 - 10:00 AM

'Never let anyone tell them that they do not belong in a certain space'

After #MCHSDoBetter goes viral, other schools urged to act on sexual harassment

Jun 28, 2020 - 4:58 PM

Students and alumni from different institutions who experienced alleged sexual misconduct from teachers want their voices and pleas for justice to be heard

4 years on, climate of fear and impunity blocks justice for Duterte’s drug war victims

Jun 27, 2020 - 10:45 AM

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

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

‘Is this the new normal?’ Catriona Gray questions Pride march arrests

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:29 PM

‘Now is the time to speak up,’ Miss Universe 2018 urges her followers

'PRIDE IS A PROTEST.' LGBTQ+ groups hold a Pride March protest in Mendiola, Manila on Friday, June 26, 2020. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

'Hindi makatarungan': Artists, celebrities speak out vs arrest of Pride march protesters

Jun 26, 2020 - 8:06 PM

On social media, several artists and celebrities condemn the arrests and call for the release of the protesters

ARREST. Police officers arrest members and allies of LGBTQ+ group Bahaghari during a Pride march protest in Mendiola on June 26, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

C’mon guys, it’s 2020: Debunking LGBTQ+ stereotypes

Jun 26, 2020 - 4:18 PM

To this day, LGBTQ+ members still experience prejudice and endure stereotypes that may harm them

Taiwan's 'conservative anarchist' transgender cabinet member

Jun 26, 2020 - 2:48 PM

Audrey Tang, Taiwan's digital minister and the world's first openly transgender cabinet member says, it is the experience of living through different identities that allows her to see multiple perspectives

This photo taken on June 11, 2020 shows Taiwan’s Digital Minister Audrey Tang holding up a postcard of herself during an interview at the Executive Yuan in Taipei. Taiwan's digital minister is the world's first openly transgender cabinet member and has blazed a trail ever since she quit school aged 14. Sam Yeh / AFP

U.N. experts renew call for urgent probe into Philippines' human rights abuses

Jun 26, 2020 - 9:22 AM

(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'

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

On Pride Month, Pia Wurtzbach calls for 'higher platforms' for LGBTQ+ dialogue

Jun 25, 2020 - 7:15 PM

'Being an ally is someone who gives a sense of a safe and affirming space for our loving community,' says Pia

Philip Stein opens Solaire shop

Catriona Gray on allyship: 'To be better allies, we need to educate ourselves'

Jun 25, 2020 - 11:34 AM

'Being an ally starts with small acts every day,' says Catriona

Kevin Balot 'sorry for confusion,' walks back on beauty pageant statement

Jun 24, 2020 - 2:20 PM

'Thank you for all your comments and bubulay-bulayin ko po lahat yun para ma improve ang way of thinking ko,' says Kevin, who was crowned Miss International Queen 2012

Macaque attack: Humans try to take back Thai city from monkeys

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:11 AM

Welcome to Lopburi, an ancient Thai city overrun by monkeys super-charged on junk food, whose population is growing out of control

MONKEYING AROUND. A longtail macaque climbs on top of a monkey statue in front of the Prang Sam Yod Buddhist temple in the town of Lopburi, some 155km north of Bangkok. Photo by Mladen Antonov/AFP

Ukraine airline official suspended after dead puppies found on plane

Jun 24, 2020 - 10:03 AM

The surviving French bulldogs, a popular breed in Canada, suffer from symptoms including dehydration, weakness, and vomiting