May 23, 2015     Philippines
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Human Rights

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Wednesday, May 20th, 2015

Rights violations mount as soldiers ‘protect’ govt projects in Masbate

Instead of benefiting from the development projects, farmers could now hardly tend to their fields, afraid that soldiers would harass and brand them as members or supporters of the NPAs.

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

3 farmers shot dead in Bicol

Karapatan said the killings and military abuses in the area were meant to sow terror among villagers.

Monday, May 18th, 2015

‘My daughter was seen inside military detachment’ — Erlinda Cadapan

“The mere fact that such safe houses existed further proves that there are ‘unofficial’ military camps where people are held incommunicado and deprived of their rights.”

Friday, May 15th, 2015

Rights group blames paramilitary, private guards for disappearance of Lumad activist

"We demand from the BS Aquino government to immediately surface John Calaba.”

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Fact-finding mission reports torture, food blockade by soldiers in Blaan communities

The soldiers clipped farmer Ruben Wating’s left thumbnail with pliers. Then, another soldier pulled out a .45-caliber gun, aimed it at his forehead, and threatened to kill him.

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Rights Commission member identifies military officer in Burgos abduction

Lawyer Robinson Biñas of the government’s Commission on Human Rights said his investigating team interviewed some 15 witnesses, among them, busboy Jeffrey Cabintoy, who identified Major Harry Baliaga as one of the abductors.

Monday, May 11th, 2015

‘My daughter wanted to be a social worker’ — mother of missing UP student

"She loves the poor and the masses. This was why she wanted to be a social worker,” Concepcion Empeño, 64, said.

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Tiamzons, co-accused arraigned sans plea

“We cannot do anything. But just the same, this is completely a fabricated, planted and manufactured case. This is meant to demonize us and the mass movement.” -- Benito Tiamzon

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Dispatches: Walking in fear in the Philippines

The Philippine government needs to get serious about protecting human rights defenders, and investigating those who threaten or attack them.

Friday, May 1st, 2015

Ombudsman dismisses QC prosecutor from service

“Raul Desembrana failed to exercise such prudence, caution and attention when he blindly followed his personal caprice and pursued his fancy of having the P80,000 SOP.”

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

Govt union leaders receive threats via mail

Suspected military agents send snail mail threatening leaders of a government workers’ union to “change your ways.”

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