December 19, 2014     Philippines
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Friday, December 12th, 2014

Dispatches: CIA torture report, a disturbing read

The report summary is a very disturbing read. Will the full 6,000-page committee report be declassified? Will it push the Obama administration to prosecute those responsible for torture as international law requires? Unless criminal acts carry criminal penalties, there is little to prevent a future president from using torture again.

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Martial law victims decry ‘stringent requirements’ of Claims Board

“We had lobbied for a law that would compensate us; we worked and fought for it. I don’t think it (the claim) should be that painstaking for the victims.”

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Manilakbayan | Mindanao activists head home with more ‘dasig’ to struggle

They were called “vandals” and were snubbed by President Aquino, yet the Manilakbayan ng Mindanao are heading home with “victories” in their campaign against militarization and plunder of resources in their land.

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Aquino ‘guilty’ of gross rights violations

“Today, we declare the verdict on the US-Aquino regime’s crimes against the Filipino people, its violations of human rights and international humanitarian law. For these crimes, we say, the US-Aquino regime is guilty.” -- Cristina Palabay, secretary...

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Mamanwa woman returns to Manila

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL MANILA – For the second time, Bae Bebeth, Enriquez, 33, a Mamanwa and a mother of five from Agusan del Norte, is back in Manila. It was in 2012 when she joined...

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Eufemia Cullamat, leading generations of Manobo

By ANNE MARXZE D. UMIL Bulatlat.com MANILA – “No one would fight for our rights but us,” said Eufemia Cullamat, 54, a Manobo and one of the 300 Lakbayanis from Mindanao who traveled to Manila calling out...

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

#Manilakbayan | ‘I’m an educator and health worker, not an NPA’

Vilma Yecyec has been a health worker and organizer for the past 30 years. She has also been targeted by the military for that long.

Friday, December 5th, 2014

A victim of rights violation, then of typhoon and gov’t neglect

It is bad enough that her husband was brutally murdered allegedly by soldiers while tending his farm, and her efforts to seek justice for his killing resulted in harassments. She was forced to leave for Leyte,...

Friday, December 5th, 2014

#FreeMiradelTorres | Political detainee gets two months with newborn son

“The right of Maria Miradel Torres as a mother and her newborn’s right are interrelated and cannot be considered separate issues.”

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Political prisoners start 7-day fast

As of Nov. 30, there are 491 political prisoners in the country, based on Karapatan data. Of these, 220 were arrested under President Aquino’s term. There are 53 ailing prisoners, 43 female prisoners, 42 elderly, and six...

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Police officer rejected as ‘expert witness’ in Leyte mass grave case

During cross examination, the police officer who examined the skeletons of the alleged victims admitted that he arrived at the arrived at the crime scene at least 10 days after the digging at the massacre site began....

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