By Julie M. Aurelio
For the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), the use of water cannons to turn back protesters during President Aquino’s delivery of his fifth State of the Nation Address (Sona) on Monday violated UN standards and was not necessary for a “very manageable” mass action.
By Frances Mangosing
Militants in Commonwealth Avenue called for the ouster of President Benigno Aquino III for his alleged violations of civilians’ rights, hours before he is set to deliver his penultimate State of the Nation Address.
A human rights body tasked with compensating martial law victims has negotiated access to old government records, including confidential military operations, that led to human rights violations during the regime of the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos.
The U.N.’s top human rights official demanded Wednesday that all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip refrain from indiscriminate attacks on civilians, warning that violations may amount to war crimes.
By Cynthia D. Balana
“No collateral damage in military operations.” This was the stern warning of the newly installed Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr., to his men on Tuesday, as he began his tour of the various military headquarters in the country.