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  • DFA funding regulation an affront to the freedom to defend human rights

    Wednesday, 24 February 2021 | Statement

    Statement on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the EDSA People’s Revolt

    The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs wants all financial support to non-government organizations (NGOs) by foreign governments to be coursed through it to prevent the possibility of the funds being used for terrorist activities. The written order was issued this month although DFA…


  • Time for a full reckoning with historical injustices in the Philippines-iDEFEND

    Saturday, 20 February 2021 | Statement

    iDEFEND statement on the occasion of world social justice day


    The superior virtue, said the late Senator and human rights lawyer Jose “Ka Pepe” Diokno, is not to receive justice, it is to fight relentlessly for it.


  • Philippines’ pro-China stance on Myanmar also risks human rights defense in the Philippines Statement on the UNHRC resolution on Myanmar

    Monday, 15 February 2021 | Statement

    The Philippines has dissociated from the UN Human Rights Council’s resolution on Myanmar which sought the release of elected civilian leaders including President Win Myint and Aung San Suu Kyi, restraint on violence against protesters, and the lifting of the state of emergency. The UNHRC’s special session on Myanmar was held after the UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar called on the UN Security…


  • Anti-terrorism law is retribution for defending human rights

    Monday, 1 February 2021 | Statement

    Statement on the occasion of the first oral arguments by the petitioners vs Republic Act No. 11479 before the Supreme Court

    We gather today with dozens of petitioners against the Anti-Terrorism Law to push back yet another despotic attempt of the Duterte government to obliterate our democracy, silence our voices and return us to authoritarian rule. We are here to challenge the…


  • Terrorist tagging of major universities a military project to “flatten the curve” of protests

    Monday, 25 January 2021 | Statement

    Statement on the tagging of 18 universities as recruiters of terrorists