Carlos H. Conde is a senior researcher at the Asia division of Human Rights Watch covering the Philippines. His current research focuses on the ongoing “war on drugs” in the Philippines where thousands have died. He has done research on extrajudicial killings of activists, journalists, legal professionals, peasant leaders, environmentalists, and Indigenous peoples. He has also documented allegations of torture, enforced disappearances, and press freedom violations. He has written reports on death squads, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Philippines, child labor, and the impact of the anti-drug campaign on the children left behind by the victims.
Before joining Human Rights Watch, Conde worked as a journalist for 20 years, mainly as the freelance correspondent in the Philippines for The New York Times. He worked as a stringer, reporter, and editor for various publications in the Philippines and abroad. He served as secretary-general of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and has been a fellow at the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism. As a trustee for the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, he has served numerous times as a member of the panel that chooses the Jaime V. Ongpin awards for journalism, considered the Philippines’ Pulitzer Prize. He was a Jefferson Fellow (2003) at the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii.