Tag: Anti-Terror Law
Marcos Jr.’s actions should match his call for unity, peace, and reconciliationFebruary 26, 2023
Genuine peace and unity can only be attained if the root causes of poverty and inequality are resolved with people-centered and human rights-based development policies and programs.
End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists – CPDGNovember 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.
Civil Society to BBM: The government is for the people, not your family and other elitesSeptember 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 […]
“Push back against state-sponsored violations and impunity in Pres. Duterte’s remaining days in office”—CPDGMarch 13, 2022
“Such redtagging even of electoral candidates and their supporters is an outright violation of the Filipino people’s democratic rights which includes rights to their political beliefs and expressions. Such rights are covered by the Philippine Constitution and international human rights covenants where the Philippines is a signatory,” said Maza.
Duterte’s War against the Labor SectorFebruary 18, 2022
Forming trade unions or any form of workers’ organization in the Philippines has always been difficult for workers. And it has become more challenging through the years with the reign of impunity and state terrorism. Efforts from both the employers and state elements have also escalated, making organizing among workers, more difficult and risky.
Implications of the Supreme Court Decision on Human Rights & Rule of LawJanuary 21, 2022
The Council for People’s Development and Governance will hold a discussion on January 27, 2022, at 3:00 pm on the Supreme Court decision on the 37 petitions against the Anti-Terrorism Law of 2020. The decision was considered a victory in pushing back against shrinking civic spaces, albeit small, and not altogether a “win” for the […]
Reclaiming Civic Spaces amid State Terror and PandemicDecember 19, 2021
2021 is yet another year full of human rights abuses. From redtagging, arbitrary arrests, and extrajudicial killings the civil society has been fighting back to retake civic spaces and basic rights and freedoms. It is important to remain steadfast in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and the government’s dismal and punitive response. More importantly, […]
“Repressive legislation thwarts climate justice, action, and initiatives”—CPDGOctober 11, 2021
“We need decisive action now to avert climate catastrophe”. This is United Nations’ (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ message to world leaders in a preparatory roundtable discussion for the upcoming Climate Change Conference (COP26). In the 76th UN General Debate on October 6, 2021, leaders from different Pacific nations echoed his call and warned that setbacks in fighting the triple planetary crisis will jeopardize the world as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.
Another Farmer Killed on Day of Oral Arguments in Supreme CourtFebruary 3, 2021
Antonio “Cano” Arellano a member of an organization under the National Federation of Sugar Workers (NFSW), an affiliate of Unyon ng mga Manggagawa sa Agrikultura (UMA) was killed early morning of February 2, 2021, the same day that the Anti Terror Law (ATL) held its oral arguments in the Supreme Court.