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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 ]

From Our Members Citizen’s Council for Human Rights (CCHR), Philippines – Extra Judicial Killings: Normalizing Criminality Under the Guise of Peace and Order
14 July 2016 6:08 pm

The Citizen’s Council for Human Rights (CCHR) strongly condemns the escalating number of killings of  suspected drug pushers and drug dependents who said to have died either during so-called legitimate police operations or at the hands of unknown gunmen. The surge in fatalities is too alarming to be ignored: from January 1 to May 9 [ Read more ]

Philippines: Justice Demanded for Kidapawan Farmers
8 April 2016 11:39 am

(Bangkok, 8 April 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), in solidarity with its members, the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), Task Force Detainee of the Philippines (TFDP), the PILIPINA Legal Resources Center (PLRC) and Tanggol-Kalikasan – Public Interest Environmental Law Office (TK), strongly condemns the deadly police crackdown [ Read more ]

National Conference of Philippine Human Rights Defenders: ‘Enhancing Protection Mechanisms for Philippine HRDs!’
7 April 2016 11:36 am

From 6-8 April 2016, FORUM-ASIA together with its member organisations the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights (PAHRA) and the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is holding a National Conference of Philippine Human Rights Defenders: ‘Enhancing Protection Mechanisms for Philippine HRDs!’ in Quezon City, the Philippines. The conference aims to: discuss the difficult challenges [ Read more ]