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Special Council Would Usurp Court Powers

(Manila) – The Philippines government is on the verge of enacting a counterterrorism law that will eliminate critical legal protections and permit government overreach against groups and individuals labeled terrorists, Human Rights Watch said today.…
A protester carries a sign at a rally against the draft Anti-Terrorism Act in Quezon City, Philippines, June 4, 2020.
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Summary The mayor said, “All thieves must be killed.” He said it was an order. −Witness to the execution of Fulgence Rukundo on December 6, 2016 Rwandan security forces summarily executed at least…
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Proclaims Martial Law to Combat Militant Groups in Mindanao

A day after declaring martial law on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, President Rodrigo Duterte issued an ominous message for enforcing it. “Martial law is martial law ha,” he said. “It will not be any different from…
President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the honor guards at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Metro Manila, Philippines, May 24, 2017.
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Investigate and Shutter Unofficial Police Lock-Up Cells

(New York) – The Philippine government should immediately release the alleged drug suspects unlawfully detained in a Manila police station “secret jail,” and ensure their protection after release, Human Right Watch said today. The…
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Summary On the afternoon of October 14, 2016, four masked gunmen stormed the Manila home of Paquito Mejos, a 53-year-old father of five who worked as an electrician on construction sites. An occasional user of shabu, a methamphetamine,…
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Dennix Sakal will never get his day in court to testify against the alleged perpetrators of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre. On Tuesday, unidentified gunmen killed Sakal, a key witness to the massacre, and wounded his companion and fellow witness Butch…
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Presidents Benigno Aquino III and Barack Obama each entered office with promises to end abuses by their respective country’s security forces. While the abuses, abusers and responses differ, the Aquino and Obama administrations share a common failure.…
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As one would expect from so eloquent a leader, Barack Obama has brought a marked improvement in presidential rhetoric on human rights compared with his predecessor. In a series of speeches around the world, carefully tailored for each audience, the…
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Human Rights Watch's Submission to the Human Rights Council

1. Main issues of concern: Extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances Since 2001, hundreds of members of left-wing political parties, human rights activists, political journalists, and outspoken clergy in the Philippines have been killed or…
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Human Rights Watch Has Obtained Official Blacklist Barring More Than 500 People

(New York) - The Philippines government should stop blacklisting peaceful critics and banning them from entering the country, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch has obtained a copy of a Philippines government blacklist banning 504 people…
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More Than 1,700 Killed and Injured in Bombings and Kidnappings

(New York) - Violent Islamist groups in the Philippines have killed or injured more than 1,700 people in bombings and other attacks since 2000, Human Rights Watch said in a new report and photo essay released today. The attacks, mostly in Mindanao,…
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(New York) - A new counterterrorism law in the Philippines contains overbroad and dangerous provisions which could allow authorities to hold detainees indefinitely and engage in spurious prosecutions, Human Rights Watch said today. The Human Security Act…
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(Geneva) — With a membership that includes governments responsible for crimes against humanity, the U.N. Commission on Human Rights meeting in Geneva next week must take dramatic steps to restore its sinking credibility, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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