March 04, 2015     Philippines
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Friday, January 23rd, 2015

European ‘legal eagles’ call on Aquino government to end attacks on PH lawyers

“Documented reports show no abatement, but an apparent increase in the number of attacks.”

Monday, January 19th, 2015

‘Call for release of political prisoners does not end with Pope’s visit’

Pope Francis has already left the country, but the Aquino government has yet to release a single political prisoner.

Friday, January 16th, 2015

#DearPope | Lawyers’ group to file case vs ‘heartless’ jail guards

“The Pope is here. Mercy and compassion, not cruelty and hypocrisy should infect us all, especially the high and mighty.”

Friday, January 16th, 2015

‘200 women in black’ ask Pope Francis to speak on human rights violations

MANILA — It has been two years since Willem Geertman, a Dutch missionary, was killed. Yet, his fiancee Maria Aurora Santiago said it remains unclear who were behind the brutal killing. If she will have the chance...

Tuesday, January 13th, 2015

#DearPope | Families of disappeared hope for Pope Francis’ solidarity

“After his visit, our lives will remain the same... But at least our spirits would be uplifted.”

Monday, January 12th, 2015

#DearPope | Political prisoners start ‘hunger strike’

“We, victims of political imprisonment in our country hope that Your Holiness may be able to help in pressing for the return of the lost freedom and other rights of political prisoners.”

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Pope Francis urged to intercede to free Filipino political prisoners

“Our political prisoners are like the Cuban 5, slapped and imprisoned for trumped-up charges. We appeal for the Pope’s intervention.”

Thursday, January 1st, 2015

Palparan: Impunity then and now

With Palparan in jail, has impunity really been arrested? The human rights record of the Aquino government shows it has not.

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...

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.

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