The Philippines

From our member PAHRA, the Philippines – Statement: We will not be silenced
10 May 2019 4:42 pm

We will not be silenced by the disinformation being orchestrated by the Duterte government to stifle dissent. The recent report made by Philippine News Agency (PNA), citing the revocation of the registration of the six non-government organizations including the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for its [ Read more ]

Joint Statement: Stop the Attacks against Human Rights Defenders, and Protect Civic Space in the Philippines
8 May 2019 12:59 pm

Stop the Attacks against Human Rights Defenders, and Protect Civic Space in the Philippines (8 May 2019) – We, the undersigned organisations, strongly denounce the recent death threats addressed to Karapatan Secretary General, Cristina Palabay in the Philippines. These threats and the wider attacks against human rights defenders, journalists and civil society representatives signify the [ Read more ]

To the UN Human Rights Council: Hold the Philippines Accountable after ICC/ Rome Statute Withdrawal
18 March 2019 5:50 pm

(Bangkok, 18 March 2019)  – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) regrets the Philippines’ decision to withdraw from the Rome Statute and urges the international community to immediately establish accountability mechanisms to ensure justice for the estimated 27,000 victims of extrajudicial killings of the Government’s ‘war on drugs’.[1] The lack of any [ Read more ]

‘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 ]