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Philippines Assures UN that it Upholds Human Rights
November 21, 2022

Philippines Assures UN that it Upholds Human Rights

By Mong Palatino
Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla denied the claims that the country is plagued by a "culture of impunity."

UN Report Charts Human Rights Decline in the Philippines
November 11, 2022

UN Report Charts Human Rights Decline in the Philippines

By Mong Palatino
The administration of President Marcos has said and done nothing substantial to address the country's human rights crisis.
The Duterte Years Were Especially Deadly for Philippine Lawyers
October 17, 2022

The Duterte Years Were Especially Deadly for Philippine Lawyers

By Sebastian Strangio
The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers says that 133 lawyers have been killed in the Philippines since 1984, 59 of them over the past six years.

Imprisoned Duterte Critic Held Hostage During Escape Attempt
October 10, 2022

Imprisoned Duterte Critic Held Hostage During Escape Attempt

By Sebastian Strangio
The "near death experience," as former Senator Leila de Lima characterized it, highlights the peril she has faced since her imprisonment on spurious drug charges in 2017.

Marcos, Biden Meet on Sidelines of UN General Assembly
September 23, 2022

Marcos, Biden Meet on Sidelines of UN General Assembly

By Sebastian Strangio
The two leaders committed to strengthening a strategic partnership that both view as vital in an era of renascent Chinese power.

Leading Marcos Critic Arrested On Cyber-Libel Charges
August 09, 2022

Leading Marcos Critic Arrested On Cyber-Libel Charges

By Sebastian Strangio
Walden Bello's arrest is an indication that the Philippines remains on the same downward human rights trajectory under President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

Does Marcos Jr. Need Martial Law When He Already Has the Anti-Terror Law?
July 27, 2022

Does Marcos Jr. Need Martial Law When He Already Has the Anti-Terror Law?

By Michael Beltran
Amid fears of a return to dictatorship, will the Philippines’ new president wield the Anti-Terror Law to its most devastating ends? 
Arrests and Censorship Mark Rodrigo Duterte’s Final Month in Power
June 28, 2022

Arrests and Censorship Mark Rodrigo Duterte’s Final Month in Power

By Mong Palatino
The president has solidified his reputation as a leader who enabled the rapid deterioration of human rights in the Philippines.

Philippine Election Marred by Violence, Vote-Buying: Monitoring Mission
May 20, 2022

Philippine Election Marred by Violence, Vote-Buying: Monitoring Mission

By Sebastian Strangio
The report's findings hint at the extent to which Philippine democracy has deteriorated under President Rodrigo Duterte.

America’s Aid Imperium and Human Rights in Southeast Asia
March 25, 2022

America’s Aid Imperium and Human Rights in Southeast Asia

By Salvador Santino F. Regilme Jr.
Has U.S. foreign aid led to advancements in rights or increased repression in Southeast Asia?

Philippines’s Mandatory SIM Card Registration Threatens Privacy and Free Speech
February 25, 2022

Philippines’s Mandatory SIM Card Registration Threatens Privacy and Free Speech

By Mong Palatino
Opponents claim that the new law could become "a potent tool for mass surveillance and authoritarianism."
Philippine Senator and Leading Duterte Critic Marks Five Years in Jail
February 23, 2022

Philippine Senator and Leading Duterte Critic Marks Five Years in Jail

By Sebastian Strangio
According to a leading human rights group, Senator Leila de Lima's detention "exemplifies the lawlessness and cruelty of the Duterte administration.”

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