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The Philippines’ Broad Anti-Terrorism Law Takes Aim at Dissent
June 05, 2020

The Philippines’ Broad Anti-Terrorism Law Takes Aim at Dissent

By Nick Aspinwall
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign the recently-passed legislation, which will allow authorities to classify dissent as terrorism.

UN Office Denounces Human Rights Violations in Philippines
June 04, 2020

UN Office Denounces Human Rights Violations in Philippines

By Associated Press
Duterte’s heavy-handed approach to policing has drawn international criticism.
Human Rights Watch Report Details Harm to Children, Urges UN Probe Into Philippine Drug War
May 29, 2020

Human Rights Watch Report Details Harm to Children, Urges UN Probe Into Philippine Drug War

By Nick Aspinwall
A new report details the suffering of children who lose fathers and relatives in President Rodrigo Duterte’s deadly drug war.

Police Abuse, Prison Deaths Draw Concern as Philippines Tightens Lockdown Measures
April 30, 2020

Police Abuse, Prison Deaths Draw Concern as Philippines Tightens Lockdown Measures

By Nick Aspinwall
Rights groups and journalists have flagged physical abuse by police and unreported prison deaths as the Philippine government orders all quarantine violators to be arrested.

The Philippines’ Coronavirus Lockdown Is Becoming a Crackdown
April 03, 2020

The Philippines’ Coronavirus Lockdown Is Becoming a Crackdown

By Nick Aspinwall
Curfew violators, poor and displaced residents, activists, and alleged “fake news” disseminators are facing arrest and persecution as they accuse authorities of failing to provide relief.

Mindanao After Martial Law
March 10, 2020

Mindanao After Martial Law

By Nick Aspinwall
After 31 months of martial law following the siege of Marawi, both the military and insurgents are still firmly in place.

How the Philippine Government Gets the Concept of ‘Intervention’ Wrong
January 08, 2020

How the Philippine Government Gets the Concept of ‘Intervention’ Wrong

By Gemmo Fernandez
Yes, international law proscribes interference in domestic affairs. But the human rights criticisms of the Duterte administration don’t rise to that level.
To Boost Its Economy, the Philippines Can’t Forgo Human Rights Protections
December 14, 2019

To Boost Its Economy, the Philippines Can’t Forgo Human Rights Protections

By Ronald U. Mendoza
Rule of law, human rights, and economics in Duterte’s Philippines.

Will Duterte Help Win the Battle for Gay Rights in the Philippines?
August 16, 2019

Will Duterte Help Win the Battle for Gay Rights in the Philippines?

By Erin Cook
The president’s incendiary rhetoric conceals more complex policy realities in the country under his tenure.

Can the Philippines and Australia Elevate their Partnership to a Strategic Level?
August 16, 2019

Can the Philippines and Australia Elevate their Partnership to a Strategic Level?

By Mark Manantan
Human rights concerns may limit cooperation, but the cyber domain is an area for collaboration.

Filipino Women Push for Human Rights Defenders Law
July 16, 2019

Filipino Women Push for Human Rights Defenders Law

By Rosanna Langara
The Philippines is one of the most deadly countries for HRDs. Activists, with women at the forefront, are trying to change that.
Does the Philippines’ War on Drugs Amount to Crimes Against Humanity?
May 03, 2019

Does the Philippines’ War on Drugs Amount to Crimes Against Humanity?

By Adrian Gallagher, Euan Raffle, and Zain Maulana
An examination of the charge and how it would apply in the Philippines.

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