‘I don’t want to lie’: Gay pioneer stands in Myanmar election

10/05/2020

Yangon, Myanmar—Outraged over ongoing discrimination in Myanmar, Myo Min Tun decided to stand as the first openly gay election candidate in a country where same-sex relations are illegal. His decision to enter the political fray came after…

Labella: Celebrate the day with solemnity at home

Delta Dyrecka Letigio 06/12/2020

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella reminded the Cebuanos that even though they could only celebrate the 122nd Independence Day at home, they could still honor the heroes of the past and the present. …

 Seafarer’s cancer and the ‘disputable presumption’ principle 

ATTY. DENNIS R. GORECHO 05/19/2020

The month of May has three significant dates for us: Mothers’ day, Mama’s birthday and her death anniversary. My mother, fondly called Mama Linda, died on May 17, 2002 due to pericarditis and lymphoma three days after she celebrated…

NUPL seeks UN rights body action vs ‘vicious’ red-tagging of lawyers, rights advocates in PH

Darryl John Esguerra 12/09/2019

MANILA, Philippines — The National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) has asked for the intervention of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights amid the attacks and red-tagging of human rights lawyers and…

New body created to protect children’s rights

Julie M. Aurelio - @inquirerdotnet 09/30/2019

MANILA, Philippine — President Rodrigo Duterte has created the National Council Against Child Labor as part of the government’s increased efforts to protect child rights and eliminate all forms of child labor. Under Executive Order No. 92,…

DOTr launches information awareness campaign on rights of sea passengers

Irene R. Sino Cruz 09/05/2019

CEBU CITY — The Department of Transportation (DOTr) launched Thursday morning (September 5) an information awareness campaign on sea passengers. Aside from DOTr, the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina), the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), and the Philippine Coast…

SOGIE bill won’t promote equality; only ‘special’ rights to LGBT – solon

08/29/2019

MANILA, Philippines — Instead of promoting equality, the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Equality bill will only “unduly give special rights” to some members of society at the expense of others, a lawmaker said…

CHR 7: Martial law won’t solve killings in Negros Oriental

Alven Marie A. Timtim 08/02/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Imposing martial law in Negros Oriental will not solve the killings there. Leo R. Villarin, Commission of Human Rights in Central Visayas chief investigator, said this amid the warnings of President Rodrigo Duterte…

Vinluan on UNHRC probe: Cops will only draw guns to protect themselves

Alven Marie A. Timtim 07/16/2019

CEBU CITY, Philippines — “Walang pulis na gustong pumatay!” (No police officer would want to kill!) Police Colonel Gemma Vinluan, Cebu City Police Office director, said this amid the issue of the United Nations Human Rights Council…

Thai state officials behind 90% of rights violations

Inquirer.net, The Nation/Asia News Network 12/12/2018

BANGKOK — Over 90 percent of the human rights violations in Thailand were committed by state officials, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) revealed yesterday, adding that it is getting worse. Human-rights activists said that violations by…

Human rights protection and fighting corruption

Atty. Gloria Estenzo Ramos 12/09/2018

Today, December 10, is celebrated worldwide as International Human Rights Day. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is considered a “milestone” document adopted by the United Nations General Assembly seventy years ago. It sets for the…

Senate OKs extension of funds for Marcos rights victims ‘til 2019

Inquirer.net 11/26/2018

A measure that would extend the availability of funds for human rights victims during the time of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos has been approved by the Senate on third and final reading. On Monday, 16 senators…

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