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The Philippines: Martial law declaration in Mindanao not justification for human rights violations
24 May 2017 6:19 pm

(Bangkok, 24 May 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is deeply concerned over the declaration of martial law in Mindanao, by the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Martial law was declared for 60 days in the midst of ongoing clashes allegedly between members of Abu Sayyaf and Maute Group and security [ Read more ]

30 States call on the Philippines to end extrajudicial killings
9 May 2017 2:18 pm

(Bangkok/Geneva, 9 May 2017) – Out of the 95 States that reviewed the Philippines’ human rights record at the UN yesterday, a large majority drew attention to recent deaths resulting from the country’s ‘war on drugs’ and called on the Philippines to respect international human rights law. The third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the [ Read more ]

Panel Discussion – 3rd Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines, 8 May 2017, Geneva, Switzerland
5 May 2017 10:41 am

The Philippines will undergo its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on 08 May 2017 at a time when its continuously deteriorating human rights situation is under significant international scrutiny. Over 8,000 cases of extrajudicial killings have been recorded in the country over the past year under the current administration’s so-called ‘war on drugs’. Impunity for [ Read more ]

Heightened attention on the Philippines at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council
28 March 2017 3:15 pm

(Bangkok/Geneva, 28 March 2017) – The human rights situation in the Philippines drew significant amount of attention at the 34th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council which concluded on Friday. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as several states expressed concerns on extra judicial killings, moves to reinstate the death [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the Senate of the Philippines on the Approved House Bill 4727 by the House of Representatives on 7 March 2017
23 March 2017 11:50 am

To Excellency: Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (Senate President) Senator Ralph G. Recto (Senate President Pro-Tempore) Senator Vicente C. Sotto III (Majority Leader) Senator Franklin M. Drilon (Minority Leader) Senator Sonny M. Angara Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV (Assistant Minority Leader) Senator Maria Lourdes “Nancy” S. Binay Senator Alan Peter “Companero” S. Cayetano Senator Leila [ Read more ]

HRC34 Oral Statement on deteriorating human rights situations in Asia
15 March 2017 11:33 am

34th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 4: Human rights situations that require the Council’s attention – General Debate Oral Statement Delivered by John Samuel On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Wednesday, 15 March 2017 Mr President, FORUM-ASIA draws the Council’s attention to several deteriorating human rights [ Read more ]

HRC34 Side Event – The Philippines’ Third Universal Periodic Review
8 March 2017 5:29 pm

Date: Wednesday 15 March 2017 Time: 15:00 – 16:30 Venue: Room XXV, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland FORUM-ASIA along with Misereor, Aktionsbündnis Menschenrechte – Philippinen, Franciscans International, World Council of Churches, World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), United Evangelical Mission and Evangelisches Werk für Diakonie und Entwicklung have organised a side-event in conjunction with the 34th [ Read more ]

HRC34 Side Event – Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines: The War on Drugs
2 March 2017 6:07 pm

Date: Friday 3 March Time: 13:00-14:30 Venue: Room XXIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland Since the inauguration of President Rodrigo Duterte on 30 June 2016 and his call for a ‘war on drugs’, Philippine National Police officers and unidentified vigilantes have killed more than 7000 people. The anti-drug campaign, ‘Operation Double Barrel’, has targeted suspected [ Read more ]

Joint-Statement, Philippines: Congress should block effort to reintroduce death penalty
6 December 2016 11:32 am

5 December 2016 We, the undersigned organizations and individuals, express serious concern over the rapid efforts by members of the House of Representatives of the Philippines to adopt a bill restoring the death penalty in the country. On 29 November 2016, the Sub-Committee on Judicial Reforms of the House Committee on Justice, which is chaired [ Read more ]

HRC33 Oral Statement during the General Debate on the Update by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
15 September 2016 4:52 pm

33rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: Oral Update by the High Commissioner – General Debate Oral Statement Delivered by Rosanna Ocampo On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Wednesday, 14 September 2016 Mr President, FORUM-ASIA welcomes the High Commissioner’s update. We share his concerns on [ Read more ]