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Myanmar has failed to protect Rohingya from atrocities – UN

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ESCAPE. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees from Myanmar’s Rakhine state arrive near the Khanchon border crossing near the Bangaldeshi town of Teknaf on Septebmer 5, 2017. K M Asad/AFP

The UN special adviser on the prevention of genocide, Adama Dieng, and the special adviser on the responsibility to protect, Ivan Simonovic, add the international response to the crisis was a failure

UNITED NATIONS (Oct. 19, 2017) — Myanmar’s government has failed to meet its international obligations and protect Rohingya Muslims from the atrocities taking place in Rakhine state, two UN special advisers said Wednesday, October 18. Continue reading Myanmar has failed to protect Rohingya from atrocities – UN

2017 World Food Day focuses on nutrition as part of human rights

around 2.2 million Filipino families suffer from food scarcity and malnutrition
HUNGER. Around 2.2 million Filipino families suffer from food scarcity and malnutrition, according to a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

The Council for Health and Development calls for genuine land reform, saying it is ‘the most effective and efficient solution to the current food crisis in the Philippines’

MANILA, Philippines (Oct. 16, 2017) — The Council for Health and Development (CHD), the national secretariat of more than 70 community-based health programs in the Philippines, underscored that food and proper nutrition are an integral part of basic human rights. Continue reading 2017 World Food Day focuses on nutrition as part of human rights

Peru urged to ban oil firms from isolated indigenous peoples’ land

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Indigenous federation ORPIO delivered a letter this week to Peru’s Energy and Mines Minister Lucía Cayetana Aljovín Gazzani, requesting that two oil concessions in the Amazon are annulled. Photograph: Peru’s Energy and Mines Ministry

Indigenous leaders say operations in the remote Amazon violate rights and risk fatal epidemics

October 6, 2017 — There are more indigenous peoples living in “isolation” in Peru than any country in the world except Brazil. All live in the Amazon – the majority in poorly-protected reserves, or areas where reserves have been proposed but never established, or “protected natural areas” such as national parks. Continue reading Peru urged to ban oil firms from isolated indigenous peoples’ land

Spain in crisis after police violence in Catalan vote

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IN PROTEST. People shout slogans as they wave Catalan pro-independence ‘Estelada’ flags during a protest in Barcelona on October 2, 2017 a day after hundreds were injured in a police crackdown during Catalonia’s banned independence referendum. Pierre-Philippe Marcou/AFP

Spain comes under international pressure to resolve a spiraling crisis with its Catalan region after a banned independence referendum was marred by shocking scenes of police violence

MADRID, Spain (Oct. 3, 2017) — Spain came under international pressure Monday, October 2, to resolve a spiraling crisis with its Catalan region after a banned independence referendum was marred by shocking scenes of police violence. Continue reading Spain in crisis after police violence in Catalan vote

Duterte warns he’ll order shooting of human rights advocates

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DRUG WAR. President Rodrigo Duterte, in his speech during the 19th founding anniversary of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption on August 16, 2017, reiterates that his war on drugs will remain unrelenting despite the criticism. Malacañang photo

‘Para makita talaga kung anong klaseng human right,’ says President Rodrigo Duterte about his latest threat

MANILA, Philippines (Aug. 17, 22017) — Amid criticism of his drug war from human rights groups, President Rodrigo Duterte said he might just order police to shoot them so they would know what real human rights violations are like. Continue reading Duterte warns he’ll order shooting of human rights advocates

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

Environmentalists, rights activists across PH slam Duterte’s SONA 2017

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PEOPLE’S SONA. Members of the Lumad from Mindanao join a protest march during President Rodrigo Duterte’s 2nd SONA on July 24, 2017. Photo by Anjie de Silva/Rappler

‘Change did not happen,’ an indigenous peoples’ group says

MANILA, Philippines (Jul. 26, 2017) — Protests from all over the country and from different sectors of society greeted the second State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Rodrigo Duterte. Continue reading Environmentalists, rights activists across PH slam Duterte’s SONA 2017

Gov’t-backed DR Congo militia shot babies, hacked toddlers – UN

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DISPLACED.This file photo taken on June 7, 2017 in Kikwit shows a volunteer bringing daily food rations for Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), at a camp for IDPs fleeing the conflict in the Kasai region. John Wessels/AFP

The Catholic Church puts the death toll in the troubled Kasai region at more than 3,300

KINSHASA, DR Congo (Jun. 21, 2017)— The UN accused DR Congo on Tuesday, June 20, of backing a militia that has mutilated toddlers and hacked pregnant women in the troubled Kasai region as the Catholic Church put the death toll there at more than 3,300. Continue reading Gov’t-backed DR Congo militia shot babies, hacked toddlers – UN

If you’re arrested or detained, know these rights

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Illustration by Nina Martinez / Rappler.com

The Constitution remains in effect even in times of emergency, such as during martial law. This means that rights during arrest or detention remain in place

MANILA, Philippines (May 26, 2017) — The 1987 Constitution guarantees that no Filipino shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law. Continue reading If you’re arrested or detained, know these rights

DND to AFP: Uphold rule of law, human rights in Mindanao

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AFP. Soldiers march as President Rodrigo Duterte leads the inspection of troops during the 81st anniversary celebration of the Armed Forces of the Philippines at Camp Aguinaldo on December 21, 2016. Malacañang file photo

With martial law in place in Mindanao, the Department of National Defense reminds the Armed Forces of the Philippines not to violate the Constitution

MANILA, Philippines (May 25, 2017) — The Department of National Defense (DND) ordered the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to uphold the rule of law and human rights in Mindanao, following President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration of martial law for the entire island. Continue reading DND to AFP: Uphold rule of law, human rights in Mindanao