The Philippines

HRC 44 Side Event: Human Rights Situation in the Philippines – Civil Society Reactions to the UN High Commissioner’s Report
1 July 2020 6:28 pm

A webinar on ‘Human Rights Situation in the Philippines: Civil Society Reactions to the UN High Commissioner’s Report’ The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) report on the Philippines revealed widespread human rights violations and persistent impunity in consonance with reports by most civil society organisations on what is happening in the [ Read more ]

HRC44 Oral Statement on Item 2: Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on the human rights situation in the Philippines
30 June 2020 4:46 pm

44th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: Enhanced Interactive Dialogue on the High Commissioner’s report on the human rights situation in the Philippines Oral Statement Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND), World Organisation Against [ Read more ]

Philippines: Government should end the systematic red-tagging of human rights defenders
23 June 2020 4:02 pm

(Bangkok, 23 June 2020) ‒ The recent red-tagging of Balaod Mindanaw Executive Director Ritz Lee Santos III and other human rights defenders demonstrates the significant threats they continue to face under Duterte’s administration, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said today. A Facebook post circulated over the weekend claimed that Santos, along [ Read more ]

Philippines: Conviction of Maria Ressa and Santos Jr. is a blatant attack against democracy
15 June 2020 5:47 pm

(Bangkok, 15 June 2020) – The conviction of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and former Rappler writer-researcher Reynaldo Santos Jr. over cyber libel charges today sends a chilling message that the Philippine people are now a target, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said. Today, the Manila Regional Trial Court convicted Maria Ressa [ Read more ]

Booklet: Psychosocial Well-being for Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines
9 June 2020 7:48 pm

The well-being of human rights defenders is a critical – but still often neglected – issue. Human rights defenders (HRDs) are particularly exposed to a number of different stressors. Unlike others, HRDs will generally have a higher exposure to stress and trauma, either directly or indirectly. ‘Psychosocial Well-being for Human Rights Defenders in the Philippines’ aims to [ Read more ]

UN Human Rights Council must mandate an international investigative mechanism for violations in the Philippines
5 June 2020 5:13 pm

(Bangkok, 5 June 2020) – The UN Human Rights Council should take a stronger stance by adopting a resolution mandating an international investigative mechanism into the human rights situation in the Philippines, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) said today. Following the release of a UNOHCHR’s report on the human rights situation [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Philippines: Proposed Anti-Terrorism Law will solidify abuse of State power
2 June 2020 7:34 pm

Philippines: Proposed Anti-Terrorism Law will solidify abuse of State power (Bangkok, 2 June 2020) – The railroading of the Anti-Terrorism Bill in the Philippines will further erode human rights in the country, rights groups said today. The Asian Forum of Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member organisations Balaod Mindanaw, Dakila, Karapatan, LILAK (Purple [ Read more ]

Open letter to Department of Justice: Decongest jails in the Philippines to contain the COVID-19 pandemic
14 May 2020 11:01 am

To: THE HONORABLE MENARDO GUEVARRA, Secretary, Department of Justice Padre Faura Street, Ermita, Manila 1000 The Philippines 6 May 2020 Re: Decongest jails in the Philippines to contain the COVID-19 pandemic Dear Hon. Secretary Guevarra We, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), an Asia-based human rights network, and its member organisations in [ Read more ]

‘I saw how students from other schools were forced into prostitution…’ – Interview with Judy A. Pasimio, Coordinator of Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Right (LILAK)
13 May 2020 10:14 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Judy A. Pasimio, a founder and Coordinator of Purple Action for Indigenous Women’s Right (LILAK), FORUM-ASIA associate member in the Philippines. In this interview, Judy shared with us her human rights journey from her childhood, experiences of working with the indigenous women in the region, and the importance [ Read more ]

Philippines: FORUM-ASIA responds to threats of arrest by Philippine State officials against individuals joining the Anti-Terrorism Law protests tomorrow
12 May 2020 5:25 pm

Reacting to threats of arrests by the Philippine State officials towards individuals joining the Anti-Terrorism Law protests tomorrow, Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, FORUM-ASIA’s Executive Director said: Threats of arrests by the police and the Interior Secretary only serve to illustrate the increasing authoritarianism by the Philippine Government. Its arrests and detention of peaceful protesters in recent [ Read more ]