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Unschooled in human rights

Echoing his appointees in his propaganda machine, and the trolls and hacks who infest social media as well as some newspapers and broadcast networks, President Rodrigo Duterte rebuked critics of his regime’s human rights record. He claimed that while these critics have been condemning the cost in Filipino lives and rights of his “war” on…

Human rights group Karapatan raised alarm over the new surge in extrajudicial killings.

Marie Hilao-Enriquez, Karapatan secretary general, noted, “The killings are picking up again at an alarming rate of one victim per week. This is almost the same scenario in 2006, if not worse.”

“This is a revival of martial law years. It’s sickening,” an obviously irate Sen. Joker Arroyo blurted out during a recent hearing on the murder charges against activist Vicente Ladlad. BY RONALYN V. OLEA HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Bulatlat “This is a revival of martial law years. It’s sickening,” an obviously irate Sen. Joker Arroyo blurted…

BY BULATLAT AUCKLAND – A group of New Zealanders and Filipinos advocating human rights in the Philippines has condemned the filing of new murder charges against labor lawyer Remigio Saladero, Jr. and five union organizers. The new murder charges come barely a week after Saladero and the five union organizers were released from three months’…

BY BULATLAT An environmental group denounced the attacks against four anti-mining advocates, including a Benedictine nun, in Davao Oriental. Four members of Panalipdan- Davao Oriental were allegedly subjected to illegal search, illegal detention, harassment, intimidation and grave threats by elements of the 67th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA). Sister Stella Matutina, OSB; Wenceslao…

BY BULATLAT Authorities arrested a labor leader around 2 a.m today at the Westdrive Subdivision, Barangay Labas, Santa Rosa City, Laguna. According to the Organized Labor Association in Line Industries and Agriculture (OLALIA-Kilusang Mayo Uno), labor organizer Leonardo Arceta, 51, was taken to the Santa Rosa Police Station and then transferred to Camp Vicente Lim…

BY BULATLAT Leaders of two progressive organizations went to Geneva, Switzerland to raise ‘Philippine government’s violations to human rights and economic, social and cultural rights’ before the United Nations (UN) Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR). The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) is the body of independent experts that monitors…