Tag: human rights

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 […]

“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 […]

Communique of the Stakeholders in the CSOs Consultation on the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines, June 22 and 23, 2022

June 25, 2022

The state of the country’s civil and political rights (CPR) and economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) has worsened in the last six years of the outgoing administration of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte. The incoming Marcos administration should make the Duterte administration accountable for its grave human rights abuses including its criminal liability for its bloody […]

Rule of law, justice expected to worsen under Marcos-Duterte administration—CPDG

May 26, 2022

“A climate of injustice and impunity looms under the incoming presidency. Both are apologists for the outgoing Duterte administration’s misdeeds and vowed to continue its anti-people policies including the constricting of democratic spaces,” Maza pointed out.

CPDG on Palace Warning vs Opposition bets: enough with the political vilification!

April 28, 2022

“The Duterte government’s desperation to maintain power can be seen through the persecution of its so-called ‘enemies’—the unjust imprisonment of Anakpawis nominee Isabelo Adviento, the non-stop red-tagging of the entire opposition bloc, and many others”, said Council for People’s Development and Governance (CPDG) spokesperson Liza Maza.

Prospects for Recovery, Human Rights, and People-Centered Development: A Public Forum on the 2022 Philippines

March 17, 2022

Philippine democracy and development are both at stake in the 2022 elections. As the nation faces multiple crises (e.g., economy, health, climate), the Filipino people hope that this undertaking will lead to domestic policies and measures that will address the various problems that the said crises entail.

“Push back against state-sponsored violations and impunity in Pres. Duterte’s remaining days in office”—CPDG

March 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.