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Global probe on PH rights violations to include case of harassed indigenous peoples leader

Investigate PH announced Wednesday that it will include the case of Cordillera indigenous leader Windel Bolinget......»»

Category: lifestyleSource: abscbn abscbnApr 18th, 2021

LIST: Gross human rights violations under Debold Sinas

Gen. Debold Sinas’s term was characterized by raids using what human rights groups labeled as “defective, copy-paste warrants.” These operations resulted in killings and arrests of farmers, indigenous peoples, and human rights defenders. The post LIST: Gross human rights violations under Debold Sinas appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsMay 8th, 2021

Global groups launch independent probe into alleged rights abuses

The Independent International Commission of Investigation into Human Rights Violations in the Philippines or Investigate PH was launched in Asia Pacific Thursday, marking the start of probes into rights abuses in the country......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 28th, 2021

International groups launch probe on human rights violations in PH

“This is most definitely a global issue...We must not allow the call for human rights to be hijacked. Accountability must be part of the justice and democratic system.” The post International groups launch probe on human rights violations in PH appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsDec 18th, 2020

Año orders probe of alleged BJMP violations during Nasino’s furlough

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año said on Monday, Oct. 19, he has ordered an investigation over allegations that the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) committed violations in escorting political prisoner Reina Mae Nasino to the wake and burial of her dead baby River. (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN) “Pinatitingnan ko rin kung meron silang violations diyan sa behavior nila para we will also apply appropriate sanctions (I have ordered a look into their behavior so we can apply the appropriate sanctions),” he said during an interview over CNN Philippines. “I already instructed the chief BJMP Director Allan Iral to look into the matter and to see if there (were) lapses committed by the BJMP officers,” added Año. On the other hand, Año expressed support to the personal statement made by Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) spokesperson Assistant Secretary Celine Pialago who said that the alleged cruelty committed against Nasino during her visit to the wake and burial should not be sensationalized anymore considering that not all persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) are granted furlough. “Tama yun. Hindi lahat pinapayagan (She’s right. Not all PDLs are granted furlough),” Ano said. “So that’s one big privilege talaga sa PDL, hindi lahat napagbibigyan ng ganyan (Furlough is one big privilege to PDL, not all PDLs are granted that),” he pointed out. The secretary explained that being a PDL “hanggang hindi natatapos ang kaso mo deprived of liberty ka kasama na ang ibang karapatan mo diyan sapagkat nahaharap ka sa kaso (until all you cases are done, you are deprived of liberty as well as you other rights because you are facing charges). He said that Nasino has been ordered detained by a Manila court due to non-bailable charges of illegal possession of explosives and firearms. With this, Año believes that BJMP officers and personnel who escorted Nasino to wake and burial of her baby were just doing their job. “Just the same we regret what happened but I will stand by my people, the BJMP. They are professional people. They don’t have personal or vested interests. They are just doing their job professionally,” he stated. He reminded that the BJMP was only ensuring that the court’s order was being followed, which included not allowing the PDL to escape, that she will not be harmed, and she is safely returned to detention. Año defended the decision of the BJMP to keep Nasino surrounded with security personnel and keep her handcuffed during the wake and burial. “Yan talaga kasi yung standard (That’s the standard),” he stressed. If Nasino had managed to escape because the security detail assigned to her did not follow regulations, Año said these BJMP officers would face sanctions. “It was supposed to be a solemn occasion and you know we also sympathize and condole with the family of Nasino. Pero hindi siya naging solemn kasi dinumog ng tao, dinumog ng media (But it did not become solemn because of the crowds and media),” lamented Año who noted that the BJMP officers were outnumbered by the number of people at the wake and burial. Año observed that the BJMP officers “assigned to escort Nasino were insulted, harassed and verbally abused by these leftist groups aligned with Ms. Nasino.” The secretary explained that BJMP officers were also doing their job in preventing Nasino from being interviewed by the media since this is part of the regulations. “Yung interview hindi siya pwede sa mga PDL (PDL interviews are not allowed). It’s a big, big violation of the regulations,” he stressed......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 19th, 2020

Cotabato guv orders probe of woman IP leader’s murder

KIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 25 Aug) – Cotabato Governor Nancy Catamco has ordered a thorough probe of the brutal slay of an indigenous peoples (IP) leader in Magpet town on Monday. Catamco, in a statement, said that no one should take one’s life, much more a woman IP leader whose task was to help improve […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanewsRelated NewsAug 29th, 2020

Patriots owner s prostitution case heads to appellate court

By TERRY SPENCER Associated Press FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — Prosecutors charging New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft with twice buying sex from massage parlor prostitutes will attempt to save their case this week by arguing to an appeals court that his rights weren't violated when police secretly video-recorded him in the act. Prosecutors will tell the Florida Fourth District Court of Appeal during an online hearing Tuesday that a county judge erred when he invalidated the January 2019 search warrant allowing police to install secret cameras at Orchids of Asia spa as part of an alleged sex trafficking investigation. The judge said the warrant didn’t sufficiently protect the privacy of innocent customers who received legal massages, and he barred the videos’ use at trial as well as testimony about what they showed. If the ruling stands, it will deal a fatal blow to the prosecution's case. “Mr. Kraft's guilt is a virtual certainty” and he has no right to benefit from any possible mistakes police made involving innocent customers, Deputy Solicitor General Jeffrey DeSousa wrote in court documents. Kraft's attorneys vehemently disagreed, arguing that if the three-justice panel allows the videos' use, “civil liberties cherished in Florida and beyond” will be endangered. “If the state wins this appeal, then everyone loses, not just the accused,” attorney Frank Shepherd wrote. “Government could run roughshod over privacy and constitutional rights while evading scrutiny.” The Jupiter police recordings led to misdemeanor charges against Kraft and two dozen other alleged Orchids of Asia customers. The spa owners and some employees are charged with prostitution-related felonies. Most cases are in limbo while the appeals are heard. If prosecutors can’t use the videos, they would almost certainly dismiss any misdemeanor charges awaiting trial. Some defendants took plea deals but Kraft refused. The felony cases could proceed, as those have other evidence besides the videos. Kraft, a 79-year-old widower and part-time Palm Beach resident, has pleaded not guilty but issued a public apology. He faces a possible one-year jail sentence if convicted, but would likely receive a fine, community service and other sanctions. Kraft, whom Forbes Magazine ranks as the 82nd richest American with a worth of almost $7 billion, is employing several high-priced attorneys to fight the charges. DeSousa submitted several arguments against Palm Beach County Judge Leonard Hanser's ruling. Among them: — The warrant is valid because police minimized any privacy invasion by having only three detectives monitor video. Any further minimization, such as recording only snippets of each massage, would have made the investigation impossible. — Kraft illegally paid for sex and is lawfully covered by the warrant, even if the justices determine police violated innocent customers' privacy rights. — If the warrant is invalid, the detectives relied on it “in good faith” and a sanction banning the video is too extreme. Shepherd submitted several counterarguments for Kraft. They include: — Detectives' privacy protection efforts were insufficient because they recorded seminude men and women receiving legal massages, making the Kraft recordings also illegal. — Police had enough evidence to charge the spa owners with felonies without recording, making the cameras “wholly gratuitous." — The evidence detectives presented to obtain the magistrate's warrant approval was “deliberately misleading,” negating any argument they acted in good faith. The justices won’t immediately rule after the hearing; decisions usually takes weeks. The losing side will likely appeal to the Florida Supreme Court, which could accept the case or let the justices’ ruling stand. Authorities say the Orchids of Asia investigation was part of a multicounty probe into possible sex trafficking by spa owners who they believe brought women from China and elsewhere to work as prostitutes. About 300 people were charged with various felonies and misdemeanors, but no trafficking charges were pursued — prosecutors say they received no cooperation from masseuses whom they suspect were trafficked. According to police, Kraft's chauffeur drove him to Orchids of Asia on the evening of Jan. 19, 2019, where detectives recorded him engaging in a sex act with two women and then paying an undetermined amount in cash. Investigators said Kraft returned the next morning and engaged in recorded sex acts with a woman before paying with a $100 bill and another bill. Hours later, Kraft was in Kansas City for the AFC Championship game, where his Patriots defeated the Chiefs. His team then won the 2019 Super Bowl in Atlanta, the Patriots’ sixth NFL championship under his ownership. Prosecutors offered to drop the charges if Kraft entered a diversion program for first-time offenders. That would include an admission he would be found guilty if the case went to trial, a $5,000 fine, 100 hours of community service and attending a class on the dangers of prostitution and its connection to human trafficking. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. EDT Tuesday on the court's YouTube channel......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 29th, 2020

Group assails “rigged” Congressional inquiry on OceanaGold

3 MIN READ Kalikasan PNE condemned the Congressional Inquiry on the rights violations committed by OceanaGold initiated by the Committee on Indegenous Cultural Community and Indigenous Peoples for its biased towards the Autralian mining giant. The post Group assails “rigged” Congressional inquiry on OceanaGold appeared first on Northern Dispatch......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2020

An Afternoon with Zenaida Pawid and the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project

The fact that the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples is ran by a commission composed of political appointees casts doubts to its independence from the influence of the appointing official or the one having the oversight. In the case of the Chico River Pump Irrigation Project, its decision to give the Certification Precondition despite the violations committed heightened the pre-existing misgivings to the impartiality of the office, especially on government-initiated projects......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJun 12th, 2019

Filipina tribal leader wins int’l human rights award

An activist championing the rights of indigenous peoples won the 2019 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMay 20th, 2019

Report: EJKs, attacks on IPs hounded Philippines in 2016

MANILA, Philippines — Extrajudicial killings of drug suspects, attacks on indigenous peoples, violations of reproductive health rights, child labor and discr.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 13th, 2017

House leader wants CHR, NBI probe into red-tagging of community pantries

A House leader is asking the Commission on Human Rights and the National Bureau of Investigation to probe into the reported incidents of red-tagging of community pantries, which forced some of them to pause operations......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsApr 27th, 2021

Investigate PH: The world needs to act now on Duterte gov’t’s rights abuses

Global independent probe on rights abuses in the Philippines launched, announced 3 reports for submission to UN human rights body......»»

Category: lifestyleSource:  abscbnRelated NewsApr 18th, 2021

‘Shameless act of state terror’: Groups condemn attack on yet another rights lawyer

(Updated) An international rights group on Thursday accused security forces of going on a "murder spree" following the stabbing of a lawyer representing arrested indigenous land defenders and the murder of a "key witness" to the case......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsMar 4th, 2021

'Bulatlat20: 20 years of of fearless reporting on human and people’s rights in the Philippines

#Bulatlat’s human rights reporting is true to its name - to search, probe, investigate, inquire, unearth facts. Its stories chronicle the facts, circumstances and travails of human rights victims, as individuals and collectively, while providing the political and socio-economic contexts. Cite any human rights case in the past twenty years and google them to look for accurate, well-written and relevant stories pertaining to these cases, and you may most probably find them on #Bulatlat’s website. The post #Bulatlat20: 20 years of of fearless reporting on human and people’s rights in the Philippines appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsMar 2nd, 2021

PNP questions CHR findings on indoctrination of ‘lumad’ children in Cebu

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Friday questioned the assessment made by the Commission on Human Rights’ (CHR) which said that the 19 “lumad” (Indigenous Peoples) children allegedly rescued by police in Cebu were not indoctrinated by communists, as it challenged the CHR to “deepen its objective views in their investigation.” In […] The post PNP questions CHR findings on indoctrination of ‘lumad’ children in Cebu appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 19th, 2021

Hontiveros tells CHR to probe police ‘rescue’ of Lumad students in Cebu City

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) should look into the supposed rescue operation conducted by the police on several members of an indigenous people’s group in an educational center in the University of San Carlos (USC), Senator Risa Hontiveros said Tuesday. Hontiveros said the CHR should check if the police followed procedures […] The post Hontiveros tells CHR to probe police ‘rescue’ of Lumad students in Cebu City appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 16th, 2021

Gun raps vs Gabriela leader dismissed

Indigenous human rights advocate Beatrice Belen walked out of prison in Kalinga yesterday after a local court dismissed the charges for illegal possession of firearms filed against her last year......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 13th, 2021

Amnesty International calls for end to attacks vs indigenous peoples

In a statement Thursday, Amnesty International said it is “deeply alarmed” by a spate of attacks against indigenous peoples, citing the arrest and detention of two Aeta farmers, the “shoot-to-kill” order against a rights activists in Cordillera and the massacre of nine Tumandok leaders......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsFeb 11th, 2021

Groups urge CHR to probe trumped-up murder charges against human rights defenders

“The arrest warrant is the legal cover for the potential commission of other human rights violations and irregularities such as the planting of firearms and explosives to justify additional non-bailable charges. Such was the experience of other activists such as Rey Casambre, Maoj Maga, Alexander Reyes and many others.” The post Groups urge CHR to probe trumped-up murder charges against human rights defenders appeared first on Bulatlat......»»

Category: newsSource:  bulatlatRelated NewsFeb 3rd, 2021

Groups hit shoot-to-kill order by Cordillera police on indigenous leader

Groups on Wednesday condemned the shoot-to-kill order given by the Cordillera police on an indigenous group leader who had been tagged in a murder case in 2018, urging authorities to recall the pronouncement which they fear could put his life in peril......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 20th, 2021