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CHR slams water cannons vs Sona rally

WATCHDOG WASHED DOWN  Commission on Human Rights Director Gilbert Boiser (in white shirt, with ID) finds himself at the receiving end of a water cannon spray together with Sona protesters in Quezon City on Monday.  REM ZAMORA

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.

Posted: July 30th, 2014 in Headlines,Latest News Stories,Metro,Metro | Read More »

Aquino ouster pushed over rights violations

Photo by Nestor Corrales/INQUIRER.net

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.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Martial law body negotiating access to DND, Nica records for claimants

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.

Posted: July 28th, 2014 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

UN rights chief warns of possible Gaza war crimes

Men hold Syrian flags during a protest against the Israeli army's bombings in the Gaza strip in Paris, France, Wednesday, July 23, 2014.  AP

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.

Posted: July 24th, 2014 in Latest News Stories,World | Read More »

New AFP chief to soldiers: Respect human rights

gregorio catapang

“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.

Posted: July 23rd, 2014 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »