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Philippines: Human rights must not be ignored during martial law

The Philippine government must ensure that human rights are protected during its campaign against militants in Mindanao, as martial law remains in place, Amnesty International said today. President Rodrigo Duterte today extended martial law in the southern island of Mindanao first imposed on 23 May 2016, for a further six months, to 31 December 2017. Since 23 May, Philippines armed forces have battled against the Maute group, which has pledged allegiance to the armed group calling itself the Islamic State, in Marawi City, the capital of Lanao Del Sur province in northern Mindanao.

Date:
22 July 2017
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  • Killings and Disappearances

One year on, Duterte remains a human rights nightmare

We cannot say that we were not warned. During his campaign for the Philippine presidency, Rodrigo Duterte made his contempt for human rights and the rule of law glaringly apparent. He vowed to kill as many as 100,000 people – filling Manila Bay with so many bodies that the fish will "grow fat”. Over the past year, since Duterte became President, thousands of people have been killed in the so called war on drugs.

Date:
3 July 2017
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Philippines: Duterte’s bloody and lawless year in power

Since assuming the presidency of the Philippines a year ago, Rodrigo Duterte and his administration have presided over a wide range of human rights of violations, intimidated and imprisoned critics, and created a climate of lawlessness, Amnesty International said today. Using the highest office in the country, Duterte has explicitly approved violence that has led to thousands of extrajudicial executions, in the government’s anti-drug campaign.

Date:
29 June 2017
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Southeast Asia and the Pacific: James Gomez joins Amnesty International as new Regional Director

Amnesty International is pleased to announce the appointment of James Gomez as the human rights organization’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The appointment underscores Amnesty International’s commitment to the region, moving closer to the ground to ensure a more impactful presence where human rights abuses are taking place. “Across Southeast Asia and the Pacific, people are facing a relentless assault on their rights, Amnesty International is mounting a robust response to drive change on the ground,” said Minar Pimple, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Global Operations.

Date:
15 June 2017
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Philippines: Trapped residents must be protected in Marawi onslaught

The protection of residents trapped in Marawi City must be ensured by all parties to the ongoing armed confrontation between the Philippine Armed Forces and Maute group said Amnesty International. The Philippine government has an obligation to protect the lives of trapped residents, who may also be facing severe shortages of food and water. In light of the huge risks to the lives of those trapped, residents must be able to safely evacuate from the city.

Date:
7 June 2017
Ref:
ASA 35/6428/2017
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Philippines: Committee of Justice must ensure amendments to Juvenile Justice Act comply with international law

Amnesty International commends the decision of the Sub-Committee on Correctional Reforms of the Committee on Justice, not to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility from 15 to 9. However, the organisation remains concerned about some of the provisions in a bill adopted by the Sub-Committee, to amend the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act, which appear to treat children lower than 15 in ways which could be harsh or arbitrary.

Date:
23 May 2017
Ref:
ASA 35/6336/2017
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Philippines ‘war on drugs’: Credible and impartial investigations needed after ‘secret jail cell’ revealed

Following today’s suspension of more than a dozen police officers and the announcement of an internal investigation into revelations that 12 people were detained illegally in a cramped “secret jail cell” in Manila on drugs-related charges, Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, said:“This is an alarming reminder of the depth of the human rights crisis sparked by President Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’.

Date:
28 April 2017
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ASEAN Summit: Leaders must take a stand against Philippines bloodshed

With mounting evidence of government involvement in thousands of extrajudicial executions in Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’, Amnesty International is calling on regional leaders to take a stand against possible crimes against humanity as they meet at the 30th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit in Manila this week. “While they meet in their comfortable surroundings, ASEAN leaders should spare a thought for the thousands of people who have been killed as part of Duterte’s brutal crackdown.

Date:
25 April 2017
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Philippines: Open Letter on killings in the 'war on drugs'

This letter expresses Amnesty International's concerns about the unlawful killing of alleged drug offenders and urges the government to ensure prompt, independent, impartial and effective investigations into all killings by police and unknown armed persons since the start of the government’s ‘war on drugs’. The findings of these investigations should be made public, and where there is evidence of crimes being committed, criminal prosecutions should follow.

Date:
25 April 2017
Ref:
ASA 35/6110/2017
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Philippines: Stop new killings and implement police reforms urgently

Dozens of further killings by police of people suspected of using and selling drugs indicate that police reforms, promised by the President during a month-long suspension of anti-drug operations in the country, have failed to materialise. According to figures provided to the media by the Philippine National Police, there have been at least 27 killings in anti-drug operations since the government relaunched its anti-drug campaign, “Double Barrel Reloaded” ten days ago.

Date:
16 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 35/5894/2017
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  • Women and Girls

Southeast Asia: As governments fail on human rights, women stand up

As the world marks International Women’s Day, Amnesty International recognizes the work of six distinguished women human rights activists who have faced harassment, threats, imprisonment, and violence for standing up for human rights in the region. “In Southeast Asia, there are few governments who can be proud of their human rights records, but there are countless women across the region who have braved great dangers to take a stand against injustice,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
7 March 2017
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Philippines: The death penalty is an inhumane, unlawful and ineffective response to drugs

The adoption of a draft law by the Philippine House of Representatives to revive the death penalty sets the country on a dangerous path in flagrant violation of its international legal obligations, Amnesty International said today. “The idea that the death penalty will rid the country of drugs is simply wrong. The resumption of executions will not rid the Philippines of problems associated with drugs or deter crime.

Date:
7 March 2017
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  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Time for ASEAN to take human rights seriously

This year, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) marks 50 years of its existence. The region is a source of envy when it comes to economic progress, boasting the highest levels of economic growth seen anywhere outside China and India. But when it comes to human rights, there’s been a marked regression. Over the past year, as Amnesty International documents in its Annual Report, they have rivalled each other when it comes to invoking crude, draconian laws to restrict people’s rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Date:
25 February 2017