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The Philippines: Human rights highlights

By Atty. Harry Roque Jr. This will be an annual tradition. For as long as I have a column to write, I will devote my first column of the year to a summary of the highlights for human rights in the Philippines. For the year 2013, here are what I consider...

Report: Burma army still using rape as a weapon of war

By Mark Inkey The Women’s League of Burma (WLB) published a report on the Burmese Army’s use of rape as a weapon of war this week, just as reports emerged of soldiers raping a 13-year-old in Mon State and raping and killing a Rohingya woman in Rakhine State. The report entitled...

Indonesia: Rights Rollback for Religious Minorities, Women

(Jakarta) – Indonesian women and religious minorities faced heightened discrimination in 2013 from the government’s failure to enforce human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2014. Indonesia’s government under President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono should reverse course and enforce laws protecting religious freedom, Human Rights Watch...

DIPLOMATIC PROTEST: Abuse of Pinoys in Sabah scored

The Philippine government said on Thursday that it would file a diplomatic complaint against Malaysia following reports that Malaysian authorities had committed violations of human rights against Filipinos, both documented and undocumented, working in Sabah. A Malacanang official cited the case of Resty Rosales, a Filipino working as an architect...

The Philippines: Review set for Gender and Development programs, budget; stronger anti-sexual harassment law

QUEZON CITY, Jan 27 -- The Philippines was touted as among the leaders in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and the world in implementing the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (Cedaw) through its local laws but a lot needs to be...

Brunei’s new penal code violates human rights: ICJ

The International Commission of Jurists says Brunei's new penal code, which includes death by stoning for adulterers, would violate human rights. The sharia penal code, enacted into law last October, is scheduled to come into force in April. The revised law criminalises adultery, extra-marital affairs, consensual gay sex and also re-introduces...

Gender-Based Violence in Cambodia: The Intersection of Rights and Poverty

To some, the trafficking, exploitation, and physical abuse of women and girls in developing countries are such obvious social problems that the solution seems simply to stop it through tighter laws and crackdowns in enforcement. Yet news of a new report published the Phnom Penh Post reinforces a picture of...

CHR putting together ‘Martial Law Files’

MANILA, Philippines - The government has started documenting human rights violations during the martial law years under dictator Ferdinand Marcos. The government of Switzerland and the Swiss Peace Foundation are assisting the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in the documentation of human rights violations during martial law. Among other...

Martial law victims in North get checks

BAGUIO CITY, Philippines—Victims of human rights abuse during martial law in the Cordillera and Ilocos regions received Saturday their share of a court-ordered settlement arising from a class suit filed in the United States against the family of the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos. Beneficiaries from as far as Apayao and...

Ninth Press Release of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC)

Jakarta, 26 February 2013 - The Eighth Meeting of the ASEAN Commission on the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Women and Children (ACWC) was convened on 17-18 February 2014 at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Indonesia. The progress of twenty four projects and activities under the ACWC...