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Arbitrary arrests, abuse the new norm in Nicaragua

The 21-year-old agricultural economics student, nearly two months pregnant, had hoped to escape Nicaragua with her boyfriend, but a police officer on a motorcycle blocked their path as they were getting into taxis with other students to go to a safe house......»»

Category: newsSource: philstar philstarAug 11th, 2018

U.N. decries “shameful” reprisals on rights activists in 38 countries

GENEVA — The United Nations listed 38 “shameful” countries including China and Russia on Wednesday which it said had carried out reprisals or intimidation against people cooperating with it on human rights, through killings, torture and arbitrary arrests. The annual report from U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also included allegations of ill-treatment, surveillance, criminalization, and public stigmatization […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsSep 13th, 2018

Vatican arrests ex-diplomat in child sex abuse probe

VATICAN CITY – The Vatican said on Saturday, April 7, that a monsignor who was a former advisor at its US embassy in Washington has been arrested on suspicion of watching child sex abuse. A Vatican statement said that an arrest warrant had been issued for Carlo Alberto Capella, which was ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 7th, 2018

Duterte Order: ‘Shoot to Kill’

DAVAO CITY – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered soldiers to shoot and kill armed communist rebels as security forces are readying to fight the New People’s Army following the total collapse of the peace talks. Duterte, who previously supported the rebel group when he was mayor of Davao City, gave the order recently and assured members of the armed forces that he shall take sole responsibility for it. He tagged the NPA as a terrorist group and vows to finish off the rebels who are fighting to overthrow the democratic government and install its own. “So what will be my orders to the? Shoot them, they will kill you anyway. So if there is an armed NPA there or terrorists, if he’s holding any firearms, shoot and tell any…ako na ang magsagot, you just shut up. Do not answer if that issue of human rights, you say, go to Duterte. It is and was his order para tumahimik ka, sabihin mo. And so? You are destroying my country, you expect me to pat you in the back and say, dahan-dahan ka lang,” Duterte told soldiers. He said an executive order declaring the NPA as terrorist group would be out soon. He said human rights organizations and fronts allied with the communist rebels would also be branded as terrorists. “I am preparing now. They are preparing the executive order declaring them to be terrorists and they will be afforded the treatment of being criminals. There will be no filing of cases under the public security like rebellion because rebellion is considered sometimes a noble undertaking, it’s only because you want your country to do better,” the tough-talking President said. Duterte said he would no longer negotiate peace the communist rebels, who also vowed to intensify their attacks on government and military targets. No. 1 Terrorist Communist rebel chieftain Jose Maria Sison also branded Duterte as the “No. 1 terrorist” in the country and accused him of mass murder after the President scrapped the peace talks. “Duterte is the No. 1 terrorist in the Philippines. He is culpable for the abduction, torture and mass murder of an increasing large number of poor people suspected drug users and pushers, peasants and indigenous people in suspected guerrilla fronts and Moro people suspected of aiding the Dawlah Islamiyah from the time of the indiscriminate bombing of Marawi City to the present in several Bangsamoro areas,” Sison, who is self-exile in The Netherlands since 1987, said in a statement sent to the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner. Duterte has threatened to outlaw the Communist Party of the Philippines, which Sison founded; and its political wing, the National Democratic Front of the Philippines and jail its leaders, including leftist and human rights organizations conniving with them. He scrapped the peace talks after rebels declined to sign a ceasefire accord and continue attacking government and civilian targets despite on-going negotiations. Sison called Duterte as a “bloodlust” politician whose mania for mass murder are boundless. “Duterte´s blood lust and mania for mass murder are boundless. He expects to wipe out through arbitrary arrests, torture, indefinite detention and massacre of suspected revolutionaries and legal social activists both the armed revolutionary movement and the legal democratic movement in order to set up a fascist dictatorship in the service of US imperialism and his fellow oligarchs among the big compradors, landlords and corrupt bureaucrats,” he said. “And yet Duterte is utterly malicious and shameless in threatening and scheming to label and outlaw as terrorists the suspected members and entireties of such revolutionary organizations as the National Democratic Front of the Philippines, the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People´s Army and even such legal patriotic and progressive organizations as BAYAN and its affiliates,” added Sison, a former university professor. He said the Duterte administration, backed by the United States, is hell-bent on frustrating the people´s clamor for peace negotiations to address the roots of the civil war through the adoption and implementation of social, economic, political and constitutional reforms as the basis of a just and lasting peace. Sison said the Duterte government is striving to intimidate the people with its own terrorist scheme and crimes in order to seize absolute autocratic power for the President and limitless opportunity for the bureaucratic corruption of his family and ruling clique. He said the rebel forces now have no choice, but to wage all forms of resistance and fight for national sovereignty, democracy, economic development, social and cultural progress and independent foreign policy. “The Filipino people and revolutionary forces waging the people´s democratic revolution have no choice but to intensify the people´s war through an extensive and intensive guerrilla warfare in rural areas and partisan or commando operations in urban areas. The legal democratic forces and broad opposition have no choice but to develop the underground and encourage endangered activists to become fighters in the people´s army.” “Duterte is already discredited as a mass murderer, political swindler, a sycophant to foreign powers and a corrupt bureaucrat. These characteristics of his and the ever worsening chronic crisis of the semi-colonial and semi-feudal ruling system will surely limit his ability to stay in power and accelerate the growth and rise of a revolutionary united front against his rule of greed and terror,” Sison said. He said even within the armed forces and police, there are already rumblings against the “despotic, criminal and corrupt character of […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsDec 2nd, 2017

OPINION | Jose Maria Sison: Duterte is top terrorist, setting up a fascist dictatorship

"Duterte´s bloodlust and mania for mass murder are boundless. He expects to wipe out through arbitrary arrests, torture, indefinite detention and massacre of suspected revolutionaries and legal social activists both the armed revolutionary movement and the legal democratic movement in order to set up a fascist dictatorship.".....»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2017

Pope gathers world bishops

Vatican City — Bishops from around the world head to the Vatican this week for a hotly-awaited summit on tackling the wave of child sex abuse scandals assailing the Catholic Church. The heads of around 100 bishops’ conferences from every continent will convene from Thursday to Sunday for the meeting, with victims’ groups demanding that […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated News2 hr. 6 min. ago

Don’t decriminalize libel, says journalist-turned-senatorial hopeful

FORMER broadcast journalist-turned-senatorial candidate Rodrigo “Jiggy” Manicad, Jr. is batting for the continued criminalization of libel so that there won’t be abuse “among us journalists.” During the ABS-CBN senatorial forum…READ The post Don’t decriminalize libel, says journalist-turned-senatorial hopeful appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated News4 hr. 6 min. ago

Pope calls bishops to sex abuse summit

Pope calls bishops to sex abuse summit.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated News6 hr. 27 min. ago

World bishops head to Vatican for sex abuse summit

VATICAN CITY, Holy See – Pope Francis gathers bishops from around the world at the Vatican this week for a hotly-awaited summit on tackling the wave of child sex abuse scandals assailing the Catholic Church. The heads of around 100 bishops' conferences from every continent will convene from Thursday, February 21 ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2019

Sex abuse survivors spell out Catholic Church challenge

VATICAN CITY – As the Vatican prepares to host a global child abuse summit on the protection of minors, victims' associations are calling for concrete steps from the Catholic Church to end pedophilia.  While Pope Francis has sought to play down expectations from the summit, here are the main demands from ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2019

Sex abuse survivors spell out Catholic Church challenge

VATICAN CITY --- As the Vatican prepares to host a global child abuse summit on the protection of minors, victims' associations are calling for concrete steps from the Catholic Church to end paedophilia. While Pope Francis has sought to play down expectations from the summit, here are the main demands from victim groups: Oust abusers or their protectors Zero tolerance for sexual abuse by clerics should be "written into universal church law by the end of the summit," says Ending Clerical Abuse (ECA). The organisation, which brings together activists and survivors from more than 17 countries, said any cleric found to have abused a child or covered up abuse -- regardless of ...Keep on reading: Sex abuse survivors spell out Catholic Church challenge.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2019

Catholicism: A journey to the heart of the faith

The revelations of sexual abuse by church leaders and the recent attacks on the Catholic motivated me to go on exploratory journey of my Catholic faith......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

Attacks on the media show Dutertes Philippines is heading for despotism - Jo Fuertes Knight

The editor of Rappler, Maria Ressa, faces 15 years in jail, in the most flagrant abuse of the presidents power yet I will do the right thing, Maria Ressa, CEO of the Philippines news site Rappler, tol.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

Vatican defrocks former U.S. cardinal over sex abuse claims

This is a developing story. Please refresh this page for updates. VATICAN CITY (UPDATED) – Pope Francis has defrocked a former cardinal in a first for the Catholic church over accusations American  Theodore McCarrick  sexually abused a teenager 50 years ago, a Vatican statement said Saturday, February 16. McCarrick, 88, who resigned from ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

McCarrick defrocking a clear signal abuse won t be tolerated – U.S. bishops

WASHINGTON DC, USA – Pope Francis's decision to defrock former cardinal  Theodore McCarrick "is a clear signal that abuse will not be tolerated," the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said Saturday, February 16. McCarrick, 88, who resigned from the Vatican's College of Cardinals in July, is the first cardinal ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

US cardinal defrocked over teenager abuse

US cardinal defrocked over teenager abuse.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

Palace slams Ressa & lsquo;abuse of power as journalist& rsquo;

Palace slams Ressa & lsquo;abuse of power as journalist& rsquo;.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2019

Politically-driven

Since the arrest and eventual posting of bail of news site Rappler’s chief Maria Ressa, Malacanang’s spin doctors have been attempting to absolve the president from allegations of curtailing press freedom and grave abuse of power. Still, the political backlash that the Duterte administration is getting has been unforgiving, and rightly so. Even the simplest… The post Politically-driven appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Rocker Ryan Adams accused of abuse, sex misconduct

NEW YORK, USA — Alternative singer-songwriter Ryan Adams has been accused by several women of emotional abuse and exploiting his position as a career mentor as a means to obtain sex. An expose in The New York Times details a pattern of manipulative behavior from the 44-year-old Grammy-nominated artist, including ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 15th, 2019

Maria Ressa posts P100,000 bail, hits ‘weaponization of law’

Rappler founder and chief executive officer Maria Ressa was granted temporary liberty after posting a P100,000 bail bond at a Manila court yesterday morning following her indictment and arrest for cyber libel – a move she described as abuse of power and “weaponization of the law” against a citizen......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019

Maria Ressa posts P100,000 bail, hits ‘weaponization of law’

Rappler founder and chief executive officer Maria Ressa was granted temporary liberty after posting a P100,000 bail bond at a Manila court yesterday morning following her indictment and arrest for cyber libel – a move she described as abuse of power and “weaponization of the law” against a citizen......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 14th, 2019