Calabarzon police ops highlight need for UN to address Philippine human rights situation — HRW

MANILA, Mar 10 (Mabuhay) — International group Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday (PHL time) said the police operations in Calabarzon that led to the arrests and deaths of activists show the need for member countries of the United Nations to look into the...

PHL: Children risk death to dig and dive for gold

Child labor, health and mining laws need to be enforced: HR Watch (Manila, September 30, 2015) – The Philippine government is failing to protect children who dig and dive for gold in dangerous small-scale mines, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report and video, released...

Duterte raps critics, says he might run for president

DAVAO (Mabuhay) – For the first time, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he is considering running for president in 2016 after being fed up with the criticisms being thrown at him. “This is the first time that I have mentioned the possibility of being the president,” Duterte...

Duterte: No room for failure if I become president

MANILA (Mabuhay) – Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said there will be no room for failure if he chooses to run and becomes president in 2016. During a speech before overseas Filipino workers in Hong Kong last Sunday, Duterte said he is still “trying to feel the pulse of the...

Brunei sultan pushes ahead with tough sharia code

‘It’s a return to medieval punishment,’ says Human Rights Watch BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (AFP) – The sultan of oil-rich Brunei announced that tough Islamic criminal punishments would be introduced Thursday, pushing ahead with plans that have sparked rare domestic criticism of the...

De Lima Eyes High-Level Interagency Task Force on EJKs

  Justice Secretary Leila De Lima assures United States Rep. Tom Marino (R, Pennsylvania), that the Philippine Government is taking concrete steps to improve its human rights record during a courtesy call at Capitol Hill on Friday. Secretary De Lima is in Washington D.C. to...

Cuisia: De Lima Mission Conveyed Message PH Sincere in Efforts vs EJKs

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Philippine Embassy has described the recent visit to the United States of Justice Secretary Leila M. De Lima as a success, saying legislators and human rights watchdogs she met with were convinced that the Aquino Government is sincere in its efforts to...

Philippines denies back flip on Nobel ceremony

MANILA, December 10, 2010 (AFP) – The Philippines on Friday denied reports it would send an envoy to the Nobel peace prize ceremony for Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, but insisted its commitment to human rights remained strong. Confusion arose after the Nobel...