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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

Iowa basketball coach admits to sexually exploiting 400 boys

IOWA CITY, Iowa --- A prominent Iowa youth basketball coach faces potentially decades in prison after admitting to a yearslong pattern of sexually exploiting and abusing at least 400 minor boys, including former players, their friends and other young athletes. Greg Stephen, 42, posed as girls on social media to trick the boys into making live videos masturbating. He secretly recorded them showering during trips to tournaments. And in some cases he recorded himself fondling nude players as they slept. The massive scope of Stephen's abuse was revealed in a plea agreement filed Thursday after the former Iowa Barnstormers coach pleaded guilty to five counts of sexual exploitatio...Keep on reading: Iowa basketball coach admits to sexually exploiting 400 boys.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News3 hr. 34 min. ago

PNP arrests Iloilo town mayor over firearms

BACOLOD CITY: The Philippine National Police (PNP) in Region 6 (PRO-6) arrested Mayor Ermelita Salcedo of Sara town in Iloilo after firearms were found in her house while two of her relatives who reportedly resisted arrest were killed during the serving of search warrant on Wednesday. Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, PRO-6 director, said Salcedo was… link: PNP arrests Iloilo town mayor over firearms.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News4 hr. 48 min. ago

U.S. opens federal investigation into Catholic Church abuse

NEW YORK, USA – The US has for the first time opened a federal investigation into abuse committed by Catholic clergy , issuing a subpoena to dioceses in Pennsylvania two months after the publication of a report on decades of sexual abuse in the state. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia confirmed ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated News12 hr. 48 min. ago

US Justice Department probes Catholic Church sex abuse in Pennsylvania

The US Justice Department has opened an investigation into child sex abuse by priests in Pennsylvania, six Roman Catholic Church dioceses said on Thursday. Source link link: US Justice Department probes Catholic Church sex abuse in Pennsylvania.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated News18 hr. 1 min. ago

Nicaragua resorts to ‘shoot to kill’ policy

PARIS, France — Nicaragua resorted to a “shoot to kill” strategy to repress recent anti-government protests, human rights group Amnesty International said in a report released in Paris Thursday. Speaking of the deaths of more than 70 demonstrators during anti-government protests in different parts of the Central American country in April and May 2018, Amnesty […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

[Right of Way] Why traffic rules matter

MANILA, Philippines – Why is enforcement such a challenge in the Philippines? Why are traffic rules arbitrary? Why is the chaos on the streets of Metro Manila getting worse by the day? Road safety advocate Vince Lazatin talks about why traffic rules matter and how lack of order in communities ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 18th, 2018

2 Capitol-Run Facilities to Serve Drug Surrenderers, Offenders Soon

Two facilities that will be under the supervision of the Cebu Provincial Government to help the rehabilitation of drug surrenderers and law offenders will soon become operational. In her report during the quarterly meeting of the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC), Cebu Provincial Anti-Drug Abuse Office Chief Carmen Remedios Durano-Meca said the New Life […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Washington diocese names 31 former clergy accused of abuse

WASHINGTON, USA – The Catholic archdiocese of Washington divulged on Monday, October 15, the names of 31 former clergy involved in the abuse of minors over the past 70 years, days after archbishop Donald Wuerl resigned over the scandal. Many of the cases appear to have been known, with 16 of ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

Military arrests ‘ouster plot’ Reds in Laguna

Five alleged communist rebels, including a peace talks consultant, believed to be involved in the plot to oust President Duterte were arrested at an Army checkpoint in Sta. Cruz, Laguna last Monday afternoon, the military reported yesterday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

A year into 'MeToo: How a hashtag changed the world

It's been exactly a year since the #MeToo movement became full-blown. While it was actually initiated as far back as 2006 by activist Tarana Burke, it had only gone viral last year, when actress Alyssa Milano tweeted out #MeToo as a hashtag, in light of the explosive sexual abuse allegations against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. I don't think anyone can dismiss the gravity of this movement. It became the push for women to finally speak out and share the collective experiences they endured or have been enduring for years. Experiences they've normally been taught to keep as far away from the public eye as possible. Experiences they thought were theirs alone. The height of that mov...Keep on reading: A year into #MeToo: How a hashtag changed the world.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 16th, 2018

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Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Nicaragua police arrest 20, use stun grenades to end anti-govt demo

MANAGUA, Nicaragua – Some 20 protesters were arrested Sunday when Nicaraguan police swooped in to break up a meeting of demonstrators gathering for a march against the government of President Daniel Ortega. Police wielded clubs and hurled stun grenades to break up the demonstrators gathering at a shopping mall parking lot, ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two more Chilean bishops accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he’s responding to the church’s global sex abuse crisis, he publicly explained why they were removed. The Vatican’s unusually detailed statement announcing the laicization of retired Archbishop Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops accused of sex abuse

VATICAN CITY --- Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two more Chilean bishops accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he's responding to the church's global sex abuse crisis, he publicly explained why they were removed. The Vatican's unusually detailed statement announcing the laicization of retired Archbishop Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus and retired Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez signaled a new degree of transparency following past missteps by Francis that showed he had grossly underestimated the gravity of the abuse scandal. The statement said the two were defrocked for abusing minors with evidence so overwhelming that a canonical t...Keep on reading: Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops accused of sex abuse.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Pope defrocks two Chilean bishops for sex abuse of minors

VATICAN CITY: Pope Francis has defrocked two Chilean bishops for the alleged sexual abuse of minors, the Vatican said in a statement on Saturday after a meeting between the pontiff and the president of Chile. The decision to expel former archbishop Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus and former bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernandez—the latest heads to… link: Pope defrocks two Chilean bishops for sex abuse of minors.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

PH says seat at U.N. rights body validates drug war

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Saturday, October 13, claimed that the country's reelection to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a recognition that the government respects human rights and does not tolerate abuse by those in authority. Newly-appointed Palace Spokesperson Salvador ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018