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‘Farmers Barred from Promised Land’

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The Philippine government has awarded 6,435 hectares of land owned by the family of the president of the Philippines to landless farmers. UCAN News joined a group of farmers who tried to enter their land. Armed guards, however, blocked the way. Here is the farmers’ story.


Myanmar still plagued by landmine terror

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Two men and a woman sit silently watching their new legs taking shape at Mae Tao Clinic’s prosthetic department. The patients each had limbs blown off when they stepped on landmines in Karen state. A notice board on the wall of the prosthetic department shows the names of 54 patients who have visited the department [...]


Activists challenge ‘trumped up’ charges against Philippines dissidents

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Human rights groups today held a protest action outside the Manila Regional Trial Court to condemn the laying of false charges against activists and alleged communist rebel leaders. “The revival of these trumped up charges … signals the intensification of political persecution,” said Cristina Palabay, secretary general of the Karapatan rights group. She cited the [...]


Another activist shot dead in Philippines

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Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a human rights activist, whose name had appeared on a military hit list, in the northern Philippine province of Ifugao on Tuesday. Cristina Palabay, secretary general of human rights group Karapatan identified the victim as William Bugatti of the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance. She said that Bugatti’s name had appeared [...]


Philippine activists slam ‘hypocritical’ US rights report

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Human rights group Karapatan said on Monday that a report from the US on human rights abuses in the Philippines is “hypocritical.” It also claimed that the US is responsible for abuses in the country. “The US government foments human rights abuses in the Philippines by filling up the military war chest of the Aquino [...]


Police general’s appointment to head rights body sparks anger

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Human rights groups on Friday slammed the appointment of a two-star police general as head of a newly formed human rights claims body. Director Lina Castillo Sarmiento’s appointment as head of the nine-member Human Rights Victims’ Claims Board was described as a “mockery and a bad prank” by the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL). [...]


Land rights activist killed in Philippines

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Unidentified gunmen shot and killed a lands rights activist in the southern Philippines on Wednesday morning. The Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, an alliance of Catholic religious congregations in the southern Mindanao region, identified the victim as Julieto Lauron, 35, a resident of Kapunan village in Valencia City and a leader of the peasant group [...]


Police dismissed in ‘torture roulette’ case

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The dismissal of 10 police personnel believed responsible for a “torture roulette” technique at their station in the Philippines province of Laguna has been criticized as overly lenient by rights groups. Up to 41 detainees may have been subjected to the practice of being strung upside down on a spinning wheel and punched each time [...]


‘Torture roulette’ found in Philippines police facility

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Human rights groups today slammed the discovery of what has been dubbed “torture roulette”, a method of torture allegedly used by police to extract information from suspected criminals. Amnesty International, which first broke the discovery, said police in Biñan, Laguna, had been strapping suspects upside down to a spinning wheel, and punching them when the [...]


UN finally tackling Asian rights abuses, says Human Rights Watch

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The UN Human Rights Council has at last started to confront Asia’s worst rights violators including North Korea and Sri Lanka, Human Rights Watch said in its annual report on Tuesday. Yet despite signs that abusive regimes could be held to account, conditions worsened last year in several countries including Vietnam and Cambodia, the New [...]


Human Rights Watch: PH fails in ending impunity

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The Philippine government failed to end impunity in extrajudicial killings, torture and enforced disappearances, an international group said Monday. In its World Report 2014, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said the weak nature of human rights protections in the Philippines is reflected in the unprecedented killings of journalists with little accountability. The report said twelve journalists [...]


Third journalist killed in Mindanao in 11 days

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A radio broadcaster was shot dead in Tagum City in Davao del Norte province on Wednesday morning, the third journalist killed in the past 11 days in restive Mindanao. A lone gunman reportedly shot and killed Rogelio Estrada Butalid at close range in front of his workplace, Radyo Natin, where he hosted The Truth show. In his [...]


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