Author: CPDG Secretariat

Never Again! Never Forget! Filipino Activists Bring Anti-dictatorship Calls to COP27 – Kalikasan

November 18, 2022

“For a country that faces some of the world’s strongest typhoons and environmental disasters, the criminal culpability will always lie with politicians who fatten their pockets at the expense of every life, home and livelihood lost and damaged.”

Stakeholders’ Watch on the UN Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines Human Rights Situation

November 15, 2022

National civil society body Council for People’s Development and Governance holds a collective action with CSOs to re-echo the voices of various stakeholders in their joint recommendations to ensure the Filipino people’s civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights and freedom of expression, association, and assembly.

Government fails to convince international community of improved human rights situation in Philippines

November 15, 2022

Philippine UPR Watch Press Statement Geneva, Switzerland – The government tried but miserably failed in convincing the international community that the human rights situation in the Philippines has vastly improved. At the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) fourth cycle of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in this city Monday, many countries expressed concerns about ongoing […]

No let-up on the quest for justice – Philippine UPR Watch

November 6, 2022

Media Release | 6 November 2022 In October 2022, Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla led the government delegation during the fifth periodic review of the Philippines by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva, Switzerland. The result was just as expected. On November 4, the UN Human Rights Committee released its concluding observations, calling […]

Leaving no one behind: Genuine climate justice for COP27 – CPDG

November 6, 2022

COP27 and the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of the human rights situation in the Philippines’ are taking place this November. Philippine CSOs call on the Philippine government to seriously address the interconnected chronic economic and environmental crises magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic. They push for adoption of the priority recommendations on sustainable use of the environment and the right to development including the passing of urgent legislation such as the People’s Green New Deal.

End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists – CPDG

November 3, 2022

Freedom of expression is compromised by a climate unfavorable to exercising basic freedoms. Impunity in crimes against journalists, countless threats, physical attacks, and repression particularly in the digital sphere, creates a climate of fear and impedes freedom of expression, and the people’s right to access correct and reliable information. 

“Rebellion is not Terrorism”

October 8, 2022

Rebellion is not terrorism- an insight of the recent Manila Court ruling dismissing the proscription case against the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army (NPA) filed by the Department of Justice (DoJ) in 2018 under Section 17 of the Human Security Act (HSA). According to the decision, the CPP-NPA must […]

“Violations, abuses continue two years after UN Human Rights Council PH resolution”—CPDG

October 8, 2022

PRESS RELEASE October 8, 2022 The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) 45th Session adopted a resolution on October 7, 2020, urging the Philippine government to receive “technical assistance” and “capacity-building” as well as undertake “independent, full, and transparent” investigations to ensure accountability for abuses and violations of human rights by State actors. The Philippine […]

Civil Society to BBM: The government is for the people, not your family and other elites

September 27, 2022

It is nearly three months since the dictator Marcos’ son, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., was sworn into the presidency. The country’s 17th president took office with a large majority of votes according to elections long criticized as opaque and vulnerable to electronic cheating, aside from campaigning marred by massive vote-buying and disinformation.  When the election […]