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HRW to Duterte: Retract threat vs human rights advocates

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TARGETS. Human rights advocates have been on the receiving end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s tirades and threats over their criticism of his war on drugs.

The New York-based organization says President Rodrigo Duterte has placed ‘targets’ on the backs of human rights advocates

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 17, 2017) — President Rodrigo Duterte should retract his threat against human rights advocates “before there is more blood on his hands,” Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Thursday, August 17. Continue reading HRW to Duterte: Retract threat vs human rights advocates

Treaty to curb mercury exposure takes effect

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Mercury. Photo by Wikipedia

The treaty obliges member nations to promote mercury-free gold processing methods, to protect especially vulnerable populations, and to end especially harmful practices

PARIS, France (Aug. 16, 2017) — A 128-nation treaty to curb exposure to the dangerous heavy metal mercury entered into force Wednesday, August 16, the United Nations announced on the convention’s website. Continue reading Treaty to curb mercury exposure takes effect

Agony for Afghan civilians in deadly Kabul truck bombing

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SHOCK. Wounded Afghan women and men gesture at the site of a car bomb attack in Kabul on May 31, 2017. Shah Marai/AFP

Anguished Afghans scour hospitals and morgues in Kabul, sifting through disfigured and charred bodies for missing relatives

KABUL, Afghanistan (Jun. 1, 2017) — Anguished Afghans scoured hospitals and morgues in Kabul Wednesday, May 31, sifting through disfigured and charred bodies for missing relatives after a catastrophic truck bombing left at least 90 people dead and hundreds wounded. Continue reading Agony for Afghan civilians in deadly Kabul truck bombing

Amnesty Int’l urges ‘utmost restraint’ in martial law enforcement

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CHECKPOINT. Residents of Marawi City flee the clashes between government forces and the Maute Group. Photo by Bobby Lagsa/Rappler

By declaring martial law in Mindanao, President Rodrigo Duterte has ‘summoned the ghost of Marcos,’ says Human Rights Watch

MANILA, Philippines (May 25, 2017) — Human rights groups on Thursday, May 25, urged the military to exercise “utmost restraint” in implementing martial law in Mindanao. Continue reading Amnesty Int’l urges ‘utmost restraint’ in martial law enforcement

Rights groups ask UN to condemn drug-related killings in PH

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A picture made available on 15 July 2016 shows members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) conducting investigation following a police operation against illegal drugs in Manila, Philippines, 03 July 2016. Close to 60,000 drug dependents nationwide have surrendered since the Duterte administration began its intensified campaign against illegal drugs, Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said. According to local news reports, at least 43 alleged drug traffickers have been neutralized and 300kg of shabu, a highly addictive and harmful methamphetamine whose use is widespread in the Philippines, has been confiscated. EPA/STR

Some 300 NGOs say the approach of the Duterte administration ‘clearly deviates from important global norms for the implementation of drug control policies’

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 2, 2016) — A network of non-governmental organizations (NGO) has urged international drug control agencies to condemn the “alarming” increase in the number of drug suspects killed in the Philippines.  Continue reading Rights groups ask UN to condemn drug-related killings in PH

Migrants injured in mass brawl at Hungary refugee camp

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HUNGARY MIGRANTS. Migrants among their tents on the Serbian side of the Hungarian-Serbian border near Horgos, Serbia, July 16, 2016. Photo by Edvard Mohar/EPA

A group of around 20 asylum-seekers triggers the violence when they exchanged blows before attacking each other using furniture

BUDAPEST, Hungary (July 18, 2016) — Eight people were hospitalized after a mass brawl involving some 200 migrants broke out at a migrant camp in Hungary on Sunday, July 17, a senior government official said.  Continue reading Migrants injured in mass brawl at Hungary refugee camp