The Philippines

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.
19 Oct 2013
Whenever the death penalty issue has arisen, arguments are automatically sparked as the issue is highly controversial. The victims and families probably want the offenders to receive the punishment they thought they deserved, whereas some would argue that the offenders might never truly plead guilty for the crimes they have caused.
11 Jan 2013
On 15 January 2013, the Philippine Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on the case challenging the constitutionality of Republic Act 10175, commonly known as the Cybercrime Prevention Act, which was adopted last September 2012. At least 15 petitions have been filed with the Supreme Court from various groups challenging this law. The question being asked now is whether or not the Supreme Court will uphold the Philippine’s tradition of free speech.
18 Mar 2012
On 5 March 2012, human rights defender Mr Jimmy Liguyon was shot dead outside his home in Barangay Dao, reportedly by a leader of a paramilitary group. Jimmy Liguyon was the Vice Chairperson of Kasilo an organisation of indigenous peoples from the southern municipalities of Bukidon. Kasilo works at defending and promoting land rights, the sustainable use of environmental resources, and the culture and practices of Indigenous Peoples, and organises cultural activities for indigenous youths.
3 Feb 2012
Palparan’s Prosecution Key to Ending Impunity (New York, February 1, 2012) – Philippine President Benigno Aquino III should order the armed forces to cooperate with civilian authorities in arresting retired Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan and others charged with the enforced disappearance of two activists in 2006, Human Rights Watch said today. Since the Justice Department filed charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention in December 2011, Palparan and one co-accused, Sgt. Rizal Hilario, have evaded capture, while the other two have been transferred to military custody.
16 Jun 2011
On 14 June 2011 private guards employed by Central Mindanao University (CMU) opened fire and beat protestors who had set up camp outside the university in Dologan, Maramag, Bukidnon in the southern Philippines. Human rights defenders Messrs Billy Jardin, Gregorio Santillan and Larry de Vera received gunshot wounds and Messrs Wenni Loable, José Benemerito and Ms Marilou Portin were seriously injured. The protestors were members of Buffalo-Tamaraw-Limus– (BTL) Farmer's Association and BTL Women's Association.
24 May 2011
A Filipino radio broadcaster in Mindanao received threatening SMS (text) messages on 14 and 17 May 2011. Jun Albino of Magnum Music and News Radio 99.9 FM in Cagayan de Oro City first received a message on his mobile phone at around 6:51 a.m. (local time) of 14 May 2011, saying: "Mr. Albino, stop talking about Bigcas if you still want to attend the festival, or we might cut your head off." The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) kept getting a busy tone when it tried to call the mobile number (+639333203705) used in sending the threat.
18 Apr 2011
A court in Palawan acquitted a former police officer accused of killing a broadcaster in 2006. The decision was promulgated 11 April 2011.
29 Mar 2011
A correspondent of a Mindanao-based newspaper was arrested on libel charges last 4 March 2011 at his home in Indahag village, Cagayan de Oro City. Cagayan de Oro City is approximately 789 kilometers south of Manila.

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