Tags: Human Rights Watch

The world is worried about the progress of the Philippine government’s compliance on human rights, this, despite President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s offer to raise P25 million as reward for witnesses to testify in order to solve the 1,013 cases of extrajudicial killings under her administration.

BY BULATLAT New York-based Human Rights Watch has called on Philippine authorities to immediately release labor lawyer Atty. Remigio Saladero. Saladero, legal counsel of Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU-May First Movement) was arrested October 23 by combined elements of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Military Intelligence Group of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.…

Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights) has condemned the killing of Davao peasant leader Celso Pojas, the first victim of extrajudicial killing in Davao City. BY BULATLAT HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Vol. VIII, No. 15, May 18-24, 2008 Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights) has condemned the killing of Davao peasant leader…

A couple abducted by soldiers and alleged as communist leaders in Leyte province have been transferred to the Leyte Provincial Jail after being surfaced around 3 p.m., March 24 in the PNP’s Camp Vicente Lim in Calamba City, Laguna. BY DABET CASTAÑEDA HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 8, March 16-29, 2008 After four…

On the second day of the five-day search for two missing youths Romulo Robiños and Ryan Supan in military camps, soldiers denied the families and rights groups entry to what the military calls a “sacred place,” a forested area beside the office of the Commanding General in Fort Magsaysay, headquarters of the 7th Infantry Division…

For 15 years, the alleged killer of human rights worker Cris Batan has evaded arrest. But it is not because he is nowhere to be found. In fact, the accused killer Mathew B. Fanao is Barangay (village) captain of the village of Betwagan in Sadanga, Mountain Province, and is the vice-president of the Association of…

Ang kontrobersyal na Human Security Act (Republic Act No. 9372) o aking tatawaging “Terror Act” ay madadagdag sa mahabang listahan ng mga batas o dekreto ng estado ng Pilipinas na pagsalakay at pag-atake sa karapatan ng taumbayan na magpahayag, maglathala, mag-organisa at lumahok na mapayapa sa pangkabuhayan at pampulitikang pamamalakad sa bansa. NI ROLAND G.…

Clearly the Arroyo bloc has been unwilling to try to end the abuses. There are two main reasons for this. First, she fears a coup. A leader of a recent attempt was placed in detention, but still got 11.5 million votes in the May Senate election. Second, her disastrous neo-liberal policies are deeply unpopular. BY…

The specter of random arrests in connection with the July 10 beheading of 14 Marines in Al-Barka, Basilan following an encounter between the AFP and the MILF looms over the people of the said town. This is because the warrants of arrest issued for 130 suspected members of the MILF and the ASG alleged to…

A Philippine medical doctor and political activist is seeking political asylum in Canada after surviving a brutal attack on his family a year ago in the northern province of Kalinga in the Philippines. BY TED ALCUITAS HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Contributed to Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 26, August 5-11, 2007 VANCOUVER, B.C. CANADA – A Philippine…