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  • On World Criminal Justice Day, we demand accountability for generations of crimes against humanity

    Saturday, 16 July 2022 | Statement

    July 17 is International Criminal Justice Day. It marks 20 years since the ratification of the Rome Statute for the International Criminal Court, by 60 states. Today there are over 120 States Parties to the ICC. The Philippines ratified the Rome Statute in 2011, and nominated the first Filipino to serve a full term as one of the ICC judges in 2015. In the midst of the brutal war on drugs, the…

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  • The Marcos Jr. government must demonstrate credible human rights policy and framework during term -iDEFEND

    Friday, 1 July 2022 | Statement

    In power for the next six years, the Marcos Jr. regime faces multiple socio-economic, political and human rights crises, inherited from the violent, inept leadership of Rodrigo Duterte. The P12.03 trillion national debt alone poses a considerable hurdle to addressing the urgent need for economic recovery and effective pandemic response, amidst skyrocketing prices of oil and basic goods.

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  • "WE WILL HOLD THE LINE AND COURAGE ON WITH RAPPLER"- iDEFEND

    Wednesday, 29 June 2022 | Statement

    Multi-awarded independent media organization RAPPLER has been a prime target of the Duterte regime’s vilification and judicial harassment while it struggles to combat massive attacks and disinformation online. The government’s reprisal against independent press is at its worst with the shutdown of ABS CBN network, blocking of the websites of Bulatlat and Pinoy Weekly, and persecution of…

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  • Civil Society and Human Rights Community Manifesto on ensuring a strong and effective, people-serving Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines

    Wednesday, 15 June 2022 | Statement

    We, civil society organizations representing a broad range of basic sectors, advocacies, and grassroots work in the Philippines, anticipating the forthcoming change of leadership in the Commission on Human rights, uphold preserving the integrity, independence, and effective functioning of the Philippine National Human Rights Institution. We ask that the transition period and process from the 5th…

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  • “Graft and corruption is a governance issue, not an election propaganda”- iDefend

    Friday, 3 June 2022 | Statement

    Senator Zubiri should know this basic fact especially as he is set to lead the Senate for the next six years. The country’s economic recovery, health crisis response, political stability, and his own approval ratings are shaped by the level of transparency, integrity and credibility of the government. Zubiri recently commented to the media that the President-elect Marcos’ P203 billion estate tax…

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