The Philippines

‘Insights into human rights are not just found in hallowed halls and formal reports, you need to go out on the streets and engage the community.’ – Interview with Micheline Rama, co-founder and Executive Director of Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism (Dakila)
4 March 2019 5:48 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Micheline Rama, co-founder and Director of Dakila, a movement-building organisation from the Philippines and new member of FORUM-ASIA. Micheline has been involved in advocacy and activism since she was a student, and became one of the founding members of Dakila, which brings together artists and individuals to create social transformation. Micheline shared with [ Read more ]

The Philippines: Immediately rescind SEC Memorandum Circular No. 15 (s. 2018)
26 February 2019 10:55 am

(Bangkok, 26 February 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its Filipino member organisations, Balaod Mindanaw, Karapatan Alliance Philippines, Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), and Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), express their utmost concern over the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Memorandum Circular No. 15 (s. [ Read more ]

Joint Statement — Philippines: Outspoken Senator Arbitrarily Detained Two Years — Drop Politically Motivated Charges against Leila de Lima
22 February 2019 10:51 am

Philippines: Outspoken Senator Arbitrarily Detained Two Years Drop Politically Motivated Charges against Leila de Lima (Manila/Bangkok, 22 February 2019) – The Philippine government should drop the politically-motivated charges against Senator Leila de Lima, a prominent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s abusive “war on drugs,” Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and FORUM-ASIA said today. De Lima [ Read more ]

Philippines: Drop cyber-libel charges against Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos Jr.
6 February 2019 5:52 pm

Statement on Maria Ressa and Rappler Feb 2019 (6 February 2019, Bangkok) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the indictment of the founder of online news site Rappler, Maria Ressa and one of its former reporters, Reynaldo Santos Jr. The two were indicted for cyber-libel under Section 4(c)(4) of the [ Read more ]

Joint Statement: President of the Philippines should be held accountable for attacks against human rights defenders
11 January 2019 4:09 pm

(11 January 2019, Bangkok) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member organisations in the Philippines strongly condemn Philippine President Duterte’s recent tirades against human rights groups. In a speech delivered on 9 January 2019, he accused human rights groups of being ‘enemies of the Government’.[1] Such comments only distort [ Read more ]

‘Cherish every moment, every victory and defeat, all joy and pain, for these experiences and challenges are what will make you grow and develop as a person.’– Interview with Dr Nymia P Simbulan, Newly Elected Executive Committee Member of FORUM-ASIA
13 December 2018 12:07 pm

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked to Dr Nymia Pimentel Simbulan, one of the newly elected Executive Committee Members of FORUM-ASIA and the Chairperson of Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), a member of FORUM-ASIA in the Philippines. As a human rights defender, Nymia shared with us her experiences working for political prisoners and their families, and the obstacles [ Read more ]

Open Letter: Enacting Domestic Law on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in the Philippines
30 November 2018 4:54 pm

TO: Hon. Deloso-Montalla, Chairperson CC: Ms. Fely D. Parcon, Committee Secretary   House of Representatives Committee on Human Rights in the Philippines, 3/F RVM Building, House of Representatives, Quezon City, the Philippines 30 November 2018, Bangkok   RE: Enacting Domestic Law on the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) in the Philippines   Dear Honourable [ Read more ]

HRC39 Side Event: HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE PHILIPPINES
13 September 2018 1:01 pm

39th Session of the UN Human Rights Council Side Event HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE PHILIPPINES 13.00-14.00, Thursday 13 September 2018 Room XXVII, Palais des Nations The Philippines is a current member of the Human Rights Council and assuming the Vice Presidency. It also seeks to be re-elected for the second term. Sadly, The Philippines fails [ Read more ]

The Philippines: HRC38 Oral Statement on the Human Rights Situation in the Philippines
20 June 2018 1:54 pm

38thRegular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 2: General Debate on the oral update of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Oral Statement Delivered by Ellecer Carlos on behalf of Franciscans International, Amnesty International, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), International Commission of Jurists, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), International [ Read more ]

HRC38 Side Event: ‘War on Drugs’ and Declining Democracy in the Philippines
18 June 2018 11:20 am

  ‘War on Drugs’ and Declining Democracy in the Philippines Side event at the 38th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council Thursday, 21 June 2018, 12:00-13:30, room XXIII, Palais des Nations   Since the ‘war on drugs’ in the Philippines began in June 2016, the human rights situation in the country has continued [ Read more ]