The Philippines

Philippines: Respect freedom of association of activists, ensure thorough investigations
7 November 2019 2:10 pm

(Bangkok, 7 November 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) denounces the recent raids of activist organisations in Manila and Negros Occidental, and the continuous attempts to discredit civil society organisations in the Philippines. FORUM-ASIA calls on the Government and all State agencies to ensure respect for the rights of all [ Read more ]

HRC42 Oral Statement on Item 4: General Debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention
19 September 2019 11:18 am

42nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: General Debate on human rights situations that require the Council’s attention Oral Statement Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Tuesday, 17 September 2019 Mr. President, FORUM-ASIA calls for the Council’s attention on the human [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the Commission on Human Rights of the Republic of the Philippines on Situation of Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines
12 September 2019 5:39 pm

To:   Hon. José Luis Martín C. Gascon, Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights Hon. Roberto Eugenio T. Cadiz, Chairperson of the Human Rights Defenders Inquiry Panel   cc:    Office of the President, Republic of the Philippines   Commission on Human Rights of the Republic of the Philippines SAAC Building, UP Complex, Commonwealth Avenue, [ Read more ]

HRC 42 Side Event: The Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines
11 September 2019 12:19 am

Since the start of the so-called “war on drugs” by the current government of the Philippines, the human rights situation in the country has deteriorated dramatically. In July 2019, the Human Rights Council responded to the situation by adopting Resolution 41/2, which requests the Office of the High Commissioner to prepare a comprehensive report that [ Read more ]

Philippines: Take Concrete Steps to Protect Land and Environmental Defenders
31 July 2019 6:22 pm

Philippines: Take Concrete Steps to Protect Land and Environmental Defenders (Bangkok, 31 July 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses its utmost concern regarding recent findings by Global Witness, an international human rights organisation, proclaiming the Philippines as the deadliest country for land and environmental defenders. The Government of the Philippines [ Read more ]

Freedom of Expression under Threat – Perspectives from Media and Human Rights Defenders in Asia
25 July 2019 1:46 pm

As freedom of expression is being curtailed and civic space is shrinking across Asia, few groups are as much under pressure as the media and human rights defenders. Both are facing harassment, incarceration and even being killed in countries across the region. However, in most instances the two do not manage to overcome their differences [ Read more ]

The Philippines: UN Human Rights Council resolution a welcome first step towards accountability
11 July 2019 6:13 pm

(Geneva/Bangkok, 11 July 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes today’s UN Human Rights Council resolution on the Philippines. The resolution adopted during the 41st regular session of the UN’s premier human rights body requests the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ‘to prepare a comprehensive written report on the [ Read more ]

HRC 41 Side Event: Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines
27 June 2019 4:16 pm

Since the Philippine government initiated its so-called ‘war on drugs’ in June 2016, an estimated 27,000 people have been victims of extrajudicial killings both in police operations and vigilante-style killings. The Philippines has taken steps to shield itself from any domestic or international accountability for the human rights violations in the context of the anti-drugs [ Read more ]

HRC 41 Oral Statement on Item 2: General debate on the High Commissioner’s update
26 June 2019 4:29 pm

41st regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: General debate on the High Commissioner’s update Oral statement delivered by Rose Trajano On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Franciscans International, and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) Tuesday, 25 June 2019 Mr President, FORUM-ASIA, Franciscans International and [ Read more ]

Joint Statement – The Philippines: Conduct an investigation into the killings of activists, and take genuine steps towards addressing the violence
21 June 2019 10:37 am

(Bangkok, 21 June 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Front Line Defenders strongly condemn the unabated killings and violence against activists, human rights defenders, and civil society organisations in the Philippines, particularly those of Leonides ‘Dennis’ Suquena, Ryan Hubilla, Nelly Bagasa, Nonoy Palma, and Neptali Morada earlier this month. [ Read more ]