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U.S. withdraws from cesspool UN rights body

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, June 19, condemning the "hypocrisy" of its members and its alleged "unrelenting bias" against Israel. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, came to Washington to announce the decision alongside President Donald Trump's ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJun 20th, 2018

US withdraws from UN rights council–Haley

The United States has withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council, US ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday, branding the global body a “cesspool of political bias.” Source link link: US withdraws from UN rights council–Haley.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

US withdraws from United Nations human rights body

The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday accusing it of a “chronic bias against Israel,” a move that activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult Source link link: US withdraws from United Nations human rights body.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

CHR: Report on Philippines’ human rights crisis should be taken ‘constructively’

    MANILA, Philippines --- The 2018 Human Rights Watch (HRW) report saying human rights crisis intensified in the Philippines must be taken "constructively," rights body said. "We hope that these kinds of reports be taken constructively with the welfare of all Filipinos in mind, especially the vulnerable and marginalized," Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Spokeswoman Jacqueline de Guia said in a statement on Saturday night. This came after HRW released a report on Thursday showing that human rights crisis deepened in 2018 in the Philippines due to the continued bloody drug war. With this, CHR said it recognized the "independence of HRW in coming up with such...Keep on reading: CHR: Report on Philippines’ human rights crisis should be taken ‘constructively’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated News14 hr. 21 min. ago

Human rights body slams Duterte housekeeper story, use of abuse as anecdote | ABS-CBN News

Human rights body slams Duterte housekeeper story, use of abuse as 'anecdote' ABS-CBN News Duterte's story about molesting a housekeeper in his teens normalizes degrading treatment agains.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsJan 8th, 2019

Nadal withdraws, Murray loses to Medvedev in Brisbane

By John Pye, Associated Press BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Andy Murray lost his second-round match less than an hour after Rafael Nadal withdrew from the Brisbane International on Wednesday. Both players arrived in Australia after long injury breaks, and neither had played a competitive match since September. At least Murray completed two matches, playing on a protected ranking after an injury-interrupted 18 months, beating James Duckworth before losing to fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-2. There were signs in both matches that he is still bothered by the hip problem which has derailed his last two seasons. The second-ranked Nadal had a first-round bye but withdrew on the eve of his scheduled second-round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after having an MRI on a muscle strain in his left thigh. Nadal said he would keep practicing in Brisbane until the weekend, then head to Melbourne after a brief stopover in Sydney to prepare for the Australian Open. The 32-year-old Spaniard is confident he will be fit enough to compete at the season's first major, which starts on Jan. 14 at Melbourne Park. "After analyzing everything, (doctors) say that it's a very small thing, but can become a big thing, because a strain in the muscle is dangerous," Nadal said during a news conference staged while Murray was playing Medvedev on Pat Rafter Arena. "When you increase the intensity on the muscle competing, then there is a big risk to make something bigger." Also exiting the men's draw on Wednesday where defending champion Nick Kyrgios, who lost to Jeremy Chardy 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-3, and third-seeded Kyle Edmund, who lost to Japanese qualifier Yasutaka Uchiyama 7-6 (6), 6-4. Second-seeded Kei Nishikori and 2017 champion Grigor Dimitrov had straight-set wins earlier to set up a quarterfinal showdown — a rematch of their final in 2017 — and fifth-seeded Milos Raonic advanced with a 6-3, 7-6 (2) win over Miomir Kecmanovic. Anett Kontaveit beat fourth-seeded Petra Kvitova 7-5, 7-6 (1) to advance to the women's quarterfinals, and Anastasija Sevastova set up a match against U.S. Open champion Naomi Osaka when she beat Harriet Dart 6-2, 6-0. Fifth-seeded Karolina Pliskova had a 7-5, 6-2 win over Marie Bouzkova, Ajla Tomljanovic beat Johanna Konta 6-2, 7-6 (2), and Donna Vekic ousted No. 6 Kiki Bertens 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-5. Nadal withdrew after one match at an exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi before arriving this week in Australia, where he forecast another withdrawal when he said he wanted to focus on quality of his play over quantity of matches in his schedule this year. He played nine tournaments in 2018, winning five titles, including the French Open, in a season curtailed by knee and ankle injuries. "Probably I'm 100 percent in five days. And then I have plenty of time to prepare Melbourne," he said. "It's a waste to damage my body for one month if I keep playing here. After all the things that happened to me, probably I am not ready to assume that waste." Taro Daniel, a lucky loser from qualifying, will take Nadal's place in the Brisbane draw and will play Tsonga on Thursday. The absence of Nadal and Murray casts more focus on the Nishikori-Dimitrov quarterfinal match. Nishikori broke at love in the 11th game to seize momentum in a 7-5, 6-2 win over Denis Kudla in the second round. The sixth-seeded Dimitrov, who beat Nishikori in the 2017 final, had to withstand a late comeback from local favorite John Millman before winning 6-3, 6-4. He's using the quarterfinal match against Nishikori as a barometer for where his preparations stand for the Australian Open. "It's great. I mean it's right off the blocks," Dimitrov said. "It's perfect to play a match like that to kind of see where your game is at.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 2nd, 2019

Human rights body to investigate Imam’s murder

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Cordillera will conduct a motu propio investigation of the murder of Imam Bedejim Abdullah as CHR Director Rommel Daguimol said the killing of the imam is alarming......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsDec 16th, 2018

Govt’ body finds 2 Army commanders in Mindanao liable for human rights violations

LAKE SEBU, South Cotabato (MindaNews / 08 Dec) –The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has found two military commanders liable for human rights abuses in connection with the killing of seven tribal members in a remote village on December 3 last year. Erlan Deluvio, CHR Region 12 director, identified the military officials as Lt. Col. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 8th, 2018

TURNING POINT: Yes Retreat and Yes Surrender

NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental (MindaNews/ 05 December) – All pronouncements and body language of the PRRD regime point to the surrender of our sovereign rights to China. What else did  PRRD mean when he said we cannot longer do anything else since the Chinese are already in possession of the islands in the country’s exclusive economic […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

Man City faces repercussions for misleading UEFA on finances

By Rob Harris, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — European soccer's leadership has an initial conclusion on leaked Manchester City correspondence: The club has been misleading UEFA over its finances. With the power to ban clubs from the Champions League, the consequences from UEFA could be severe for the Premier League champions. UEFA discovered from reading internal emails from City, which were published by German media outlet Der Spiegel last month, the extent of schemes by the club to allegedly cover up the true source of income in a bid to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations, a person with direct knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the situation publicly while UEFA conducts a review of the City case. City has been transformed into an English soccer power in the decade since being bought by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and a member of Abu Dhabi's royal family, winning the Premier League three times since 2012. But unfettered spending on players has been restricted by European soccer's governing body — regardless of the owners' wealth. City has already been punished by UEFA for violating FFP, striking an agreement in 2014 that saw the team fined rather than banned from the Champions League for inflated sponsorship deals with companies linked to the club or its ownership. UEFA publicly said last month that evidence from "Football Leaks" could lead to past cases being re-opened. The person with knowledge of the situation said it was more feasible to use the leaks to re-assess the candor of club executives and as a basis to judge City's compliance with FFP in the current three-year assessment period. That covers 2015 when Der Spiegel said emails were being sent internally at City showing the manipulation of sponsorship revue from Etihad Airways, the state-owned airline from Abu Dhabi, which is the naming rights sponsor of City's stadium and training campus as well as appearing on jerseys. The sponsorship was said to generate 67.5 million pounds (about $85 million) annually for City. But City's holding company — the state-backed Abu Dhabi United Group — channeled 59.9 million pounds back to Etihad, according to Jorge Chumillas, the club's chief financial officer, in an internal email to club director Simon Pearce. City has not disputed the authenticity of any emails published by Der Spiegel over the last month. Given the fresh insight into City's financial dealings, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin has said there was a "public interest" in the correspondence being leaked, while questioning how it was obtained. "We are assessing the situation. We have an independent body working on it," Ceferin said Monday. "Very soon you will have the answers on what will happen in this concrete case." FFP was the flagship policy of Michel Platini, Ceferin's predecessor as UEFA president, and introduced at the height of the global financial crisis in attempt to prevent clubs from becoming unsustainable. Since July 2011, UEFA has monitored the accounts of all clubs entering its two club competitions. The first period UEFA assessed clubs for compliance with FFP was 2011-13, when owners were allowed to cover losses up to 45 million euros. The leaks showed how City allegedly tried to artificially raise its revenue, in one case by 30 million euros, according to emails from 2013 reported by Der Spiegel. Abu Dhabi United Group was alleged to be sending cash to a shell vehicle which was created to supposedly buy the right to use players' images in marketing campaigns. There were further examples that Sheikh Mansour could have been the source of sponsorship revenue for Abu Dhabi state-owned companies like investment firm Aabar. Der Spiegel cited a 2010 email to Aabar from Pearce, the City director who also works for Abu Dhabi's Executive Affairs Authority. "As we discussed, the annual direct obligation for Aabar is GBP 3 million," Pearce wrote. "The remaining 12 million GBP requirement will come from alternative sources provided by His Highness." Seeing internal City correspondence has given UEFA a greater insight into the conduct of the club and its officials. A 2014 email from City lawyer Simon Cliff to a colleague showed the death of UEFA's lead FFP investigator being celebrated: "1 down, 6 to go." UEFA is examining whether to open disciplinary cases against individuals at City involved in attempts to provide a misrepresentation of club finances to the governing body's FFP accessors, another person with direct knowledge of the situation said. The person, who did not identify any individuals, spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the City case. A challenge for UEFA is getting City to provide information from related companies in Abu Dhabi that the leaks show are central to compliance with FFP. City has repeatedly declined to respond to the specific allegations in the leaks, dismissing a month of negative headlines by saying: "The attempt to damage the club's reputation is organized and clear." But City has had no such qualms using its website to cast aspersions on the reputations of other clubs over their ability to comply with FFP. City has used the media watch section on its website to cite unsubstantiated news reports, including a claim in 2016 that "Inter Milan are looking to circumnavigate FFP" and speculation this year that if Paris Saint-Germain "are found to have broken FFP regulations they face being booted out of the Champions League." Those pages were deleted from its website after City was approached for comment by the AP......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 5th, 2018

UAAP Finals: UP apologizes for school official s controversial post towards Ateneo players

The University of the Philippines has categorically distanced itself from controversial statements posted on social media by one of its school officials. “We dissociate ourselves as a Board from Regent [Spocky] Farolan’s statements and actions,” the UP Board of Regents (BOR), the school’s highest decision-making body, said in a statement released on Monday. It then continued, “Whatever his motives may have been, there is no excuse sowing fear and confusion especially at a time when (UP’s) attention should have been focused on the rising successes of its athletic program. We view with extreme disapproval and condemn violence in any form.” Last Sunday, Farolan posted on his Facebook account a cryptic message that seemed to hint at forthcoming injuries to Ateneo players. “Sayang hindi kumpleto ang players ng Ateneo sa Wednesday. Tatlo injured. Pili na kayo kung sinu-sino mga yon,” he said, adding three devil emojis at the end of it. The post was made a day after the Blue Eagles topped the Fighting Maroons to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three Finals in UAAP Season 81. The post went viral not long after and Farolan came under fire for his cryptic message. He ultimately deleted the post before saying “there was sarcasm in that comment which may not have been immediately and easily perceived by some.” Now, the UP BOR has bared that Farolan has apologized for his post during their board meeting. “The BOR takes note of the apology of Farolan regarding his post that appeared to advocate the use of violence against members of the men’s basketball team of Ateneo,” its statement said. Nonetheless, the UP BOR made it a point to extend apologies to its neighboring school. “We apologize to the officials, staff, and athletes of Ateneo for any anxiety Regent Farolan’s statements may have caused. We also deeply regret the dampening of the euphoria of UP reaching the UAAP Finals,” it said. The BOR also made it a point to state that it is against Farolan’s re-appointment to the board. “Committed to a higher standard of accountability for its members, the BOR withdraws recommendation for the re-appointment of Regent Farolan,” its statement said. The BOR is made up of 11 regents – the head of the Commission on Higher Education; the president of UP; the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Education, Arts, and Culture; the chairperson of the House Committee on Higher and Technical Education; the president of the UP Alumni Association; one Faculty Regent; one Staff Regent; one Student Regent; and three presidential appointees. Farolan is a presidential appointee. --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @riegogogo......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsDec 3rd, 2018

Uighurs’ supporters march as China faces rights review at UN

GENEVA --- Supporters of China's Muslim Uighur minority are demonstrating in Geneva as the UN's top human rights body examines the country's rights record in a regular review. Advocacy groups including Human Rights Watch want the Human Rights Council to press Chinese authorities on issues like use of mass detention centers in the western Xinjiang region where many Uighurs live. Some foreign officials and rights groups have criticized China's use of so-called "vocational training centers," which they say aim to strip the Uighurs of their religion and ethnic identity. Tuesday's review of China is part of the Human Rights Council's universal period review process under which ea...Keep on reading: Uighurs’ supporters march as China faces rights review at UN.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo of Cuba

UNITED NATIONS --- The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a resolution condemning the American economic embargo of Cuba after rejecting proposed US amendments strongly criticizing the lack of human rights in the country. The vote on the Cuban-sponsored resolution in the 193-member world body was 189-2 with no abstentions. The US and Israel voted "no" and Moldova and Ukraine did not vote. In separate votes on the proposed US amendments, Ukraine and Israel were the only countries to join the US in voting "yes" on all eight measures while the Marshall Islands backed one amendment. Some 114 countries voted against the amendments and about 65 abstained. ...Keep on reading: UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo of Cuba.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 1st, 2018

PH gov’t election to UN rights body does not absolve Duterte of accountability for rights abuses

A human rights organization said the recent election of the Philippine government to the United Nations Human Rights Council does not in any way absolve President Rodrigo Duterte of gross human rights violations amid claims that it goes to show how human rights is respected here......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

‘PH gov’t election to UN rights body does not absolve Duterte of accountability for rights abuses’

A human rights organization said the recent election of the Philippine government to the United Nations Human Rights Council does not in any way absolve President Rodrigo Duterte of gross human rights violations amid claims that it goes to show how human rights is respected here......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Palestinians win U.N. backing to lead developing country bloc

UNITED NATIONS – The Palestinians won backing Tuesday, October 16, to lead the biggest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations, raising their profile at the world body despite opposition from the United States. The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to grant the observer-state of Palestine temporary rights to act ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Malacañang Hails PH Reelection to UN Rights Body

Malacañang on Saturday welcomed a report that the Philippines was granted another three-year term in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC),calling it a proof that the UN recognizes the government’s respect for human rights. Despite criticism against the Duterte administration’s aggressive campaign against illegal drugs, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippines […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Panelo: PH beacon of rights

Ignoring brickbats from human rights advocates, Malacaang on Sunday insisted that the election of the Philippines to the UN Human Rights Council signified international acknowledgment of the Duterte administration's bloody war on drugs. Presidential legal counsel and spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Philippines' retention of its seat in the top human rights body showed that other nations regarded the country as observant and respectful of human rights. "Like I said, the reelection of the Philippines [to] the UN Human Rights Council is a recognition of our country's respect for human rights as well as measures taken by the government against illegal drugs," he said in an interv...Keep on reading: Panelo: PH beacon of rights.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

EDITORIAL - A seat in the UN rights council

If a country belongs to the international body whose mandate is to promote and protect all human rights around the planet, it is expected to serve as a model in pursuing that mission......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Philippines wins seat in UN human rights body

Despite opposition from an international human rights organization, the Philippines has succeeded in its re-election bid for a seat in the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 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