The Philippines

1 Jul 2020
Southeast Asian lawmakers on 29 June called upon the UN Human Rights Council to act on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ findings by establishing an international independent investigation mechanism into the human rights violations committed in the Philippines since 2015.
30 Jun 2020
Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD) vehemently condemns the illegal arrest of at least 20 pride protestors from Bahaghari (a national LGBTQI+ organisation), Children’s Rehabilitation Center, GABRIELA and other LGBTQI+ allies on 26 June 2020 while commemorating the international pride month in Mendiola, Manila, Philippines.  
17 Jun 2020
Amid widespread outrage at the guilty verdict handed to Maria Ressa, co-founder of the independent news website Rappler, and its writer, Reynaldo Santos Jr, many international civil society organizations have called for the case to be dismissed.
17 Jun 2020
Cartoon by Stephff: In Defense of Maria Ressa  
15 Jun 2020
The conviction of a prominent journalist for criminal libel is a devastating blow to media freedom in the Philippines, Human Rights Watch said today.
5 Jun 2020
The Philippines government is on the verge of enacting a counterterrorism law that will eliminate critical legal protections and permit government overreach against groups and individuals labeled terrorists, Human Rights Watch said today. The draft Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 passed both the House of Representatives and the Senate, and President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to quickly sign the bill into law.
3 Jun 2020
The railroading of the Anti-Terrorism Bill in the Philippines will further erode human rights in the country, rights groups said today.
11 May 2020
Amnesty International responds to the cease-and-desist order issued by the Philippines' National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), effectively stopping operations of ABS-CBN, one of the country's largest broadcast media companies, after repeated attacks on the network by President Rodrigo Duterte. 
17 Mar 2020
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) urges the government of the Philippines to respect the fundamental rights of its people in the ‘community quarantine’ enforced in Metro Manila, and in other cities and provinces in the country.
3 Oct 2019
The Philippines-based online news agency Rappler was announced as one of the two winners in the large outlet category of the 2019 Global Shining Light Awards on Saturday night (28 September) for their story “Murder in Manila”.
5 Sep 2016
Human rights workers have argued ‘wars on drugs’ in Asia are feeding into dangerous international norms of impunity, drawing parallels between a campaign launched by former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and that of current Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. At a panel hosted at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Thailand (FCCT) on Wednesday, 31 August 2016, experts voiced concern over the explicitness with which Duterte has flouted international law to enact a wave of extrajudicial killings of drug traffickers in the Philippines.
30 Oct 2014
Journalists from Myanmar, Indonesia and Malaysia have attended a security workshop by the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), held before their trip to the Philippines, which is considered the most dangerous place in the region for reporters.   SEAPA held a workshop on working in dangerous areas in the region for journalists who were awarded fellowships to produce in-depth reports on press freedom, media harassment and impunity.

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