The Philippines

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 ]

States’ reaction to COVID-19 will shape the discourse on human rights for years to come
8 May 2020 7:18 pm

States’ reaction to COVID-19 will shape the discourse on human rights for years to come (Bangkok, 8 May 2020) – As COVID-19 intensifies inequalities, the way Governments respond to the pandemic now will alter and shape the human rights discourse for the years to come, experts and civil society leaders said in a webinar today. [ Read more ]

Philippines: FORUM-ASIA responds to the cease and desist order against Philippine media network ABS-CBN
5 May 2020 5:52 pm

On the issuance of a cease and desist order by the Philippines National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) against media network ABS-CBN on 5 May, FORUM-ASIA’s Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: The cease and desist order is another attack against press freedom in the Philippines, at a time when access to information is most vital. The Government of the Philippines [ Read more ]

Philippines: FORUM-ASIA responds to the warrantless arrest of Filipino writer and artist Maria Victoria ‘Bambi’ Beltran over COVID-19 post
20 April 2020 5:56 pm

In response to the warrantless arrest of writer and artist Maria Victoria ‘Bambi’ Beltran for her Facebook post concerning the rising COVID-19 cases in Cebu City, the Philippines, FORUM-ASIA Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said: The Government of the Philippines should immediately release Dakila member Maria Victoria ‘Bambi’ Beltran, drop all charges against her and [ Read more ]

Statement of solidarity and condemnation of the violent dispersal of an indigenous community barricade of a suspended mine site in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines
15 April 2020 4:18 pm

Statement of solidarity and condemnation of the violent dispersal of an indigenous community barricade of a suspended mine site in Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines In solidarity with the people of Didipio, Nueva Vizcaya in asserting their right to a balanced and healthful ecology, ATM, Kalikasan PNE, LRC-KsK/FoE Philippines, and MiningWatch Canada, as well as other national [ Read more ]

Philippines: Respect Fundamental Rights amidst Community Quarantines
16 March 2020 2:59 pm

(Bangkok, 16 March 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) urges the Government of the Philippines to respect the fundamental rights of its people in the ‘community quarantine’ enforced in Metro Manila, and in other cities and provinces in the country. FORUM-ASIA expresses alarm at the disproportionate response to Coronavirus disease [ Read more ]

(Cancelled) HRC 43 Side Event: Protection for Women Human Rights Defenders in Asia
28 February 2020 11:53 am

** This side event is cancelled due to the global COVID-19 situation ** Date: 5 March 2020 Time: 13:00 – 14:00 Venue: Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, Geneva Moderator: Sejin Kim, FORUM-ASIA Panelists:  Michel Forst, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of HRDs Mandkhaitsetsen Urantulkhuur, Centre for Human Rights and Development, Mongolia Shahindha Ismail, Maldivian Democracy [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA: Statement to the Committee on Public Services regarding the Resolutions on ABS-CBN Franchise Renewal
24 February 2020 12:01 pm

(24 February 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) thanks the Committee on Public Services for its invitation to participate in the deliberations on the resolutions concerning ABS-CBN’s franchise renewal. FORUM-ASIA appreciates efforts by the Committee to ensure civil society voices are considered in their deliberations. FORUM-ASIA is a network of [ Read more ]

Philippines: Free Senator; End Attacks on Rights Defenders Duterte Critic Leila de Lima Held 3 Years on Fabricated Charges
20 February 2020 12:10 pm

For Immediate Release Philippines: Free Senator; End Attacks on Rights Defenders Duterte Critic Leila de Lima Held 3 Years on Fabricated Charges (Manila, February 20, 2020) – Philippine authorities should immediately release Senator Leila de Lima, who has been detained for three years, and drop the politically motivated charges against her, Amnesty International, FORUM-ASIA, and [ Read more ]

From Our Member Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), the Philippines – The Killing State: 2019 Philippine Human Rights Situationer
12 February 2020 11:34 am

PhilRights, the research and information center of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), published a report ‘The Killing State: 2019 Philippine Human Rights Situationer.’ This report is a product of a yearlong effort to monitor and analyse developments impacting the human rights and dignity of Filipinos. The report outlined how the human rights [ Read more ]