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‘No evidence linking rights groups to drugs’

The Philippine National Police and Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) on Tuesday said they had no evidence to back the allegations by presidential spokesperson Harry Roque and Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano that human rights groups could now be "unwitting tools" of drug lords. International and local human rights groups have denounced President Rodrigo Duterte's ferocious war on drugs, in which thousands of people have been killed, either by police or by shadowy, unidentified masked gunmen. The Presidnets, who says he must be tough to protect the people from the scourge of drugs, has criticized human rights groups for "trivializing" his campaign and unjustly blami...Keep on reading: ‘No evidence linking rights groups to drugs’.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerMar 28th, 2018

Linking rights groups to drugs dangerous, shameful’

MANILA, Philippines – Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday, March 26, condemned the “shockingly dangerous and shameful” claims of President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies that human rights organizations are being used by drug lords.  HRW Asia director Brad Adams, in a statement, said that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

Duterte to HR groups on killings: “do not keep on harping; go out and collect evidence”

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 16 July) – President Rodrigo Duterte called on human rights groups to investigate alleged extrajudicial killings (EJKs) of suspects in his war on drugs. “Do not keep on harping. Go out and collect evidence,” Dute.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsJul 17th, 2016

PH election to UN rights committee draws praise, flak

The Philippines has been elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) despite rights groups' complaints that a government widely condemned internationally for a brutal war on drugs doesn't belong in a group meant to call out abuses. The country's election on Friday through an uncontested balloting in the UN General Assembly "puts pressure" on the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to "address numerous allegations of rights violations," the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said. Fierce lobbying ahead of the vote by Iceland against Manila's inclusion fell short with the Philippines making it to the 47-member council along with 17 other new members. Malac...Keep on reading: PH election to UN rights committee draws praise, flak.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Groups blast poll finding of high public satisfaction with drug war

Human rights groups on Monday blasted a Social Weather Stations (SWS) poll finding that most Filipinos were "satisfied" with President Rodrigo Duterte's brutal war on drugs. The rights group Karapatan said the finding could not mean the killings of thousands of mostly poor drug users and peddlers in the campaign were justified. Taken from June 27 to 30, the poll shows that 78 percent of 1,200 respondents are "satisfied" while 13 percent are "dissatisfied" with the drug war, for a net satisfaction rating of +65 percent, a slight improvement from +64 in March. Why 'satisfied?' SWS does not explain whether "satisfied" and "dissatisfied" mean the respondents approve or disapp...Keep on reading: Groups blast poll finding of high public satisfaction with drug war.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 24th, 2018

Duterte tells cops to ignore critics of drug war: Never mind the idiots

President Rodrigo Duterte renewed his order to the police to dismantle the drug trade in the Philippines as he assured that they would not go to jail for doing their duty. Duterte told the police to ignore criticisms from human rights groups who have been critical on his administration's war on drugs. "We protect and serve our nations. We have to prepare the world of our descendants for tomorrow. If we cannot do something now sa drugs, your grandchildren will suffer and we would have left a life and a nation to them that is still in shambles," he said in his speech during the 117th Police Service Anniversary at Camp Crame in Quezon City. The President, who said in his State of t...Keep on reading: Duterte tells cops to ignore critics of drug war: Never mind the idiots.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Police arrest 100,000 for loitering in 2 months

More than 100,000 people in Metro Manila have been arrested or taken into custody by the Philippine National Police less than two months after President Duterte ordered a crackdown on street loiterers, a less deadly campaign than the war on drugs. The National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) said that between June 13 and 3 a.m. on Tuesday, its five police districts arrested 101,223 for violating city ordinances, which some human rights groups say has had a "chilling effect" on the metropolis. After critics pointed out that the President's original order to round up loiterers was illegal under Republic Act No. 10158, which has decriminalized vagrancy, police began to zealously ...Keep on reading: Police arrest 100,000 for loitering in 2 months.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 8th, 2018

Groups hit Duterte’s remark on human rights during SONA

Rights groups expressed their disappointment over President Rodrigo Duterte’s remark in his third State of the Nation Address that his concern is the lives of people, not human rights amid thousands of killings in his bloody war on drugs......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 24th, 2018

Philippines’ Duterte says no ‘justice’ for families of drugs war casualties

MANILA – Outspoken Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Monday the families of people killed in his controversial war on drugs will not receive “justice”, rejecting calls from rights groups seeking redress for the thousands of deaths. More than 4,200 suspected drug dealers have been killed by police in Duterte’s anti-narcotics campaign since June 2016, […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

NCRPO: Surprise drug checks for students up to DepEd

Despite its initial reservations about a police proposal to conduct surprise checks of students' bags and lockers for drugs, the Department of Education (DepEd) said that it was not opposed to the move although it stressed that the rights and privacy of students should be respected. DepEd officials and teachers' groups earlier expressed concern over the suggestion made last week by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) director, Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar. But he has since clarified that the police would not be involved in the inspections, saying the final decision to push through with his proposal was up to DepEd. Education Undersecretary Annalyn Sevilla, DepEd spoke...Keep on reading: NCRPO: Surprise drug checks for students up to DepEd.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 12th, 2018

Israel in uproar over Argentina pre-World Cup friendly snub

By Aron Heller, Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) — The sports-crazed nation of Israel was in uproar Wednesday over Argentina's abrupt cancellation of a World Cup warmup match following pro-Palestinian protests, with some of the country's leaders accusing Lionel Messi and his teammates of caving to terrorism. Israel was eagerly awaiting the sold-out international friendly scheduled for Saturday night at Jerusalem's Teddy Kollek Stadium and the arrival of some of the world's best players. Argentina is one of the most popular national teams among Israelis and fans had been scrambling to get a chance to see Messi in person. But after a fierce Palestinian campaign, which included images of Argentina's white and sky-blue striped jersey stained with red paint resembling blood and threats to burn Messi posters, Argentina's football federation announced it was skipping the event. Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association, apologized for cancelling the match but said the safety of the players was at stake. "What has happened in the last 72 hours, the actions, the threats that have occurred have led us to take the decision not to travel," he said during a news conference in Barcelona, where the Argentine team is training prior to the start of the World Cup next week. "(We) apologize to the Israeli community. It's nothing against the Israeli community, the Jewish community and I would like everyone to take this decision as a contribution to world peace," he said. "In the end, they've done the right thing, and this is behind us," Argentina striker Gonzalo Higuain told ESPN. "Health and common sense come first. We felt that it wasn't right to go." Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Argentine President Mauricio Macri and urged him to intervene, to no avail. Later Wednesday, Israel's Sports Ministry said a "negotiation" about the match was underway, perhaps in hopes of salvaging it, but gave no further details. "It's unfortunate the soccer knights of Argentina did not withstand the pressure of the Israeli-hating inciters, whose only goal is to harm our basic right to self-defense and bring about the destruction of Israel," said Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. "We will not yield before a pack of anti-Semitic terrorist supporters." The head of the Palestinian football association, Jibril Rajoub, had called on Arab soccer fans to burn Messi posters and T-shirts if he participated. He has long tried to get soccer's world governing body, FIFA, and the International Olympic Committee to impose sanctions against Israel. Rajoub believes Israel should be punished for restricting movement of Palestinian players, and for forming teams in West Bank settlements. Rajoub had also objected to holding the match in Jerusalem, whose eastern sector the Palestinians claim as their capital. Although the Kollek stadium is in west Jerusalem, it is located in a neighborhood built where a Palestinian village once stood before it was destroyed in the war surrounding Israel's independence in 1948. Following the move, he held a press conference in Ramallah featuring a picture of him with Messi and a sign reading: "From Palestine, thank you Messi." Rajoub had accused Israel of playing politics with the game, by moving it from its original location in Haifa to Jerusalem, and by trying to link it to celebrations surrounding Israel's 70th anniversary. He called it a victory for "ethics and values" of sports. "They tried to use sport as a tool for political ends, and for this I think, they failed," Rajoub said. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said it was a sad morning for Israeli sports fans, including his own grandchildren. "But there are values that are greater than even Messi. The politicization of the Argentinean move worries me greatly," he said. Opposition figures, however, accused Israel's headline-seeking sports minister Miri Regev of bringing on the politicization of the sporting event by insisting on moving the game from Haifa to contested Jerusalem and by trying to orchestrate a politicized photo-op with Messi. Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed the area in a move that is not internationally recognized. Israel considers the entire city to be its capital, while the Palestinians seek east Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. Regev rejected the backlash at a press conference Wednesday evening saying "there is no bigger lie" than claims her decision to hold the match in Jerusalem aided in its cancellation. She said the Argentinians had not objected and that Messi himself had wanted to visit sacred Christian and Jewish sites in the holy city. Regev said the match was canceled following "threats by terror elements sent to Messi and his family and to other players." Opposition leader Isaac Herzog called the snub a "spectacular own goal" by Regev that delivered victory to boycotters of the Jewish State. Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay called for a police investigation into Regev's "corrupt conduct." "We just absorbed a shot in the face. This is not just sports," he tweeted. "This, unfortunately, could start an international tsunami." Regev claimed that "terrorist" groups had made threats against Argentina's players and their families, sending them images of dead children, though she gave no further evidence. She accused members of the Israeli parliament, or Knesset, of backing the boycott advocates. "Unfortunately, we have Trojan Horses in the Knesset who give headwind to terrorism," she said. The Palestinian militant Islamic group Hamas praised Argentina for canceling the game. Spokesman Husam Badran said Hamas "applauds" the move and reiterated its position that rejects "all forms of normalization" with the Jewish state. A senior official at the Argentine Football Federation said the national team decided to call off the match with Israel after receiving threats from Hamas. The official, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity due to safety concerns, did not provide evidence or details of the alleged threats. A Hamas official mocked reports that the group had threatened the players, calling them unrealistic, and saying they don't deserve a comment. The Hamas official was not authorized to comment in the issue and also spoke on condition of anonymity. Hamas is sworn to Israel's destruction and has ruled Gaza with an iron fist since it took over the territory in 2007. Israel and the United States consider it a terror organization for its bombings, shooting and rocket attacks targeting civilians. Israel has largely fended off the boycott campaign with only a small number of artists and organizations shunning the country. Argentina's snubbing would appear to be the boycott movement's greatest achievement thus far. The grassroots movement advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel in what supporters say is a way to promote Palestinian rights through nonviolent means. Israel says the campaign goes beyond Israeli occupation of lands claimed by the Palestinians and masks a deeper aim of delegitimizing or even destroying the country. It has formed a government ministry whose primary mission is to combat the boycott movement. The Argentinean move, which featured on the front pages of all the major Israeli dailies, raised fears that it could serve as a template for future boycotts of Jerusalem, most notably next year's scheduled hosting of the popular Eurovision song contest. The Palestinians celebrated the cancellation as a major triumph. Israeli organizers said an offer had been floated to have the game played in Barcelona instead, but it was highly unlikely. "I think sports should never be involved with politics," said Shahaf Ashraga, a fan in Jerusalem. "It just makes me sad to think that the game has to be canceled because of the Palestinian pressure." Argentina opens its Group D campaign in Russia against Iceland on June 16. It then plays Croatia on June 21 and Nigeria on June 26. It is unclear whether Argentina will play another warmup, or if it will arrive in Moscow ahead of schedule. ___ Associated Press writers Debora Rey and Victor Caivano in Buenos Aires, Argentina, contributed......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 7th, 2018

Release of narco-list does not violate human rights, Palace says, despite past inaccuracies

Releasing a list of candidates supposedly involved in the trade of illegal drugs does not violate any human right, Malacañang said on Friday, as rights advocates and groups continue to slam the decision......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 27th, 2018

EU urges PH to stop killings

The European Parliament on Thursday called on the Philippine government to stop extrajudicial killings in the pretext of a "war on drugs" and expressed concern that police authorities are "falsifying evidence to justify extrajudicial killings."   In a resolution, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) also asked the Philippine government to stop attacks against those who expose allegations of extrajudicial killings and other human rights violations.   They said human rights defenders like Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, the United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, should be removed from the government's list of terrorists and pressed for the ...Keep on reading: EU urges PH to stop killings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsApr 20th, 2018

Duterte willing to take in Rohingya refugees

President Rodrigo R. Duterte said he is willing to take in Rohingya refugees. “I’m willing to accept refugees. Rohingyas, yes,” Mr. Duterte said in a speech on Thursday, April 5. The President said this as he slammed human rights groups, who criticize his war on illegal drugs. “So huwag kayong maniwala nitong… Hindi nga nila […] The post Duterte willing to take in Rohingya refugees appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsApr 6th, 2018

Rights groups hit Duterte men for dangerously linking them to drug lords

Rights groups hit Duterte men for dangerously linking them to drug lords.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 27th, 2018

Linking rights groups with drug lords & apos;shockingly dangerous, shameful& apos; - Rappler

Linking rights groups with drug lords 'shockingly dangerous, shameful' - Rappler.....»»

Category: newsSource:  googlenewsRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

Nationwide Round-Up

Malacañang accuses HR groups of drug ties THE PALACE said on Monday that human rights groups’ “vicious and nonstop” attacks against President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s nationwide campaign against illegal drugs could be sign that they are being funded by drug lords. “The attacks against the President’s war on drugs have been vicious ad nonstop. We […] The post Nationwide Round-Up appeared first on BusinessWorld......»»

Category: financeSource:  bworldonlineRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

Roque: Human rights groups may be unwitting tools of drug lords

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang claimed human rights groups that have been vocal against the Duterte administration may be getting funding from drug lords. In a statement on Monday, March 26, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said this may be one reason why criticism on the campaign against illegal drugs is persistent. "The ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

Linking rights groups with drug lords ‘shockingly dangerous, shameful’

MANILA, Philippines – Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday, March 26, condemned the “shockingly dangerous and shameful” claims of President Rodrigo Duterte’s allies that human rights organizations are being used by drug lords.  HRW Asia director Brad Adams, in a statement, said that ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

Rights groups slam PNP subpoena power

Human rights groups on Monday condemned the restoration of the subpoena power of the Philippine National Police amid the Duterte administration's brutal war on drugs. "At a time when the PNP has been committing widespread rights violations without accountability in the war on drugs, granting the police further powers to act without judicial authorization is a recipe for disaster," Carlos Conde, a researcher for New York-based Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. The local group Karapatan said it considered the new law part of the Duterte administration's growing "arsenal of repressive legislation." PNP chief, CIDG directors "We have seen rights violations knowingly co...Keep on reading: Rights groups slam PNP subpoena power.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMar 13th, 2018

Rights groups slam Cayetano s defense of drug war before UN

MANILA, Philippines – Human rights groups slammed Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano for again defending President Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs before the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council.  On Tuesday, February 27, Cayetano urged countries to scrutinize in an impartial way, adding that human ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 1st, 2018