Tag: human rights

Int’l and local groups urge Supreme Court: grant petition of abducted activists Jhed and Jonila

Kalikasan - People's Network for the Environment | February 5, 2024

Environmental and human rights groups held a protest action at the Supreme Court and Department of Justice today in support of abducted anti-reclamation activists Jonila Castro and Jhed Tamano, decrying the “slow movement” of a petition filed by Castro and Tamano last year praying for the writs of amparo and habeas data.

Marcos Jr.’s actions should match his call for unity, peace, and reconciliation

February 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.

Protect development workers, end harassment and terrorist-tagging – CPDG

February 4, 2023

CPDG reminds the government to honor its international human rights commitments including the OECD-DAC recommendations on enabling CSOs which includes creating and fostering an enabling environment for CSOs and other stakeholders for democratic participation in governance and development. CPDG and other civil society networks across the Philippines forward the CSO Manifesto which aims to enable and strengthen civic spaces in the country and serve as a protection mechanism for CSOs including rights defenders, humanitarian and development workers as they carry out their development work. 

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.