Category: Human Rights

An international tribunal found President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as guilty as U.S. President George W. Bush for committing crimes against humanity and the Iraqi people. By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com “Guilty!” This was the verdict of the International Criminal Tribunal for Iraq (ICTI) on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo as an accomplice of U.S. President George W. Bush’s…

By Eric Margolis The Toronto Sun 12 September 2004 Three years after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, America’s politicians and media continue to gravely deceive the public about the so-called war on terrorism. Now the definitive book on terrorism has appeared that should be mandatory reading for every thinking person. It’s called Imperial Hubris: Why…

Bullets from a .45 caliber pistol claimed the life of yet another journalist, the 74th since 1986 when democracy was supposedly restored in the country. By Bulatlat.com Eliseo “Ely” Binoya, station manager and commentator of the Manila Broadcasting Corp. affiliate Radyo Natin (Our Redio) in General Santos City in southern Philippines was shot dead June…

After being forced by the military to sign a statement saying that an encounter between government troops and communist guerillas led to the killing of two minors last May in Sorsogon, village head Eduardo Adamos finally tells what happened on that fateful day: “Natakot lang ako kaya ako pumirma dun sa certification” (I signed the…

Ten-year old Levi Mabanan, the youngest political detainee in the country, was finally released May 15 from the military camp in Catbalogan, Samar, where he was forced to spend four years of his young life. By Bulatlat.com Levi Mabanan was only six years old when placed behind bars in 2000. He spent the last four…

Joma not only laid down the theoretical framework and guidelines for the peace negotiations. As chief political consultant, he has masterfully steered the negotiations to where they are now. We can spend hours, even days, relating those instances where Joma, broke a deadlock or an impasse, or reconciled two seemingly diametrically opposed positions. By Rey…

While the nation feasted on the election canvassing in Congress, the offices of the Joint Monitoring Committee of both government and the National Democratic Front were inaugurated in Quezon City June 4. Expect the Macapagal-Arroyo government to face a deluge of criminal charges by families of victims of human rights violations in the next few…

It is appalling, the human rights alliance Karapatan said, that the forced disappearance of political activists and suspected NPA sympathizers – an atrocity that began under Marcos during the 1970s – continues to this day. Under the three years of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, at least 30 incidents of disappearances involving 38 individuals were recorded. Ten…

A ranking official of the Armed Forces’ Judge Advocate General’ s Office (Jago) is singing a tune different from that of the AFP spokesperson with regards allegations of human rights violations by the New People’ s Army (NPA). “Mas liberal pa nga ang mga NPA, inaalagaan nila ang kanilang mga bihag” (The NPAs are more…