The Philippines

The Philippines Faces Barrage of Concerns at the UN Human Rights Council
8 June 2017 4:42 pm

(Bangkok/Geneva, 8 June 2017) – The Philippines faced international opprobrium on Wednesday at the UN Human Rights Council (Council) where 32 States jointly urged the Government to end extrajudicial killings and threats against human rights defenders. The joint statement, delivered by Iceland called on the Philippines to cooperate with human rights mechanisms by allowing the [ Read more ]

HRC35 Oral Statement on States’ non-cooperation & limited access to Special Procedures in several Asian states
7 June 2017 7:21 pm

35th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: General Debate on High Commissioner’s Oral Update Oral Statement Delivered by Ellecer Carlos on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Wednesday, 07 June 2017 Mr President, FORUM-ASIA welcomes the High Commissioner’s statement. We share his concerns on states’ non-cooperation and [ Read more ]

HRC35 Joint Oral Statement on the Extrajudicial Killings and the ‘War on Drugs’ in the Philippines
12:23 pm

Joint Oral Statement of the 35th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Agenda Item 3: Clustered Interactive Dialogue with UN SR on extrajudicial, summary and arbitrary execution and IE on sexual orientation and gender identity 6 June 2017 Delivered by: Mr Jesus V Garganera Franciscans International and Forum Asia welcome the report[1] and statements[2] [ Read more ]

HRC35 Oral Statement on the Extrajudicial Executions in the Philippines
11:48 am

35th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Oral Statement Delivered by Rosanna Ocampo On behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Tuesday, 06 June 2017 Mr President, FORUM-ASIA welcomes the report of the Special Rapporteur on [ Read more ]

HRC35 Side Event: Extrajudicial Killings in The Philippines
11:12 am

Date: Wednesday, 7 June 2017 Time: 15:00 – 16:30 Venue: Room IX, Palais des Nations, Geneva The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Franciscans International, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect, Human Rights Watch, and International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) are organising a side event linked to the extrajudicial killings in The Philippines. [ Read more ]

The Philippines: Martial law declaration in Mindanao must not be 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 ]