Philippine Court Finds Police Officers Guilty Of Murdering Teenager During Duterte’s Bloody Drug War

On November 29th, the Regional Trial Court of Caloocan City in the Philippines found three police officers guilty of the murder of 17 year old Kian Delos Santos. On August 16th 2017, Kian Delos Santos was shot by two policemen during a “one-time big-time operation” in Caloocan City. The official […]

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Delivers More Violent Threats Against Catholic Priests 1

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has said that Catholic Church leaders “should be killed” in a speech this week, adding to his history of violent rhetoric. The president spoke in frustration at persistent opposition from the Catholic Church on Duterte’s ‘War On Drugs.’ The Church has asked him to tone down his […]

The Status Of Freedom Of The Press In 2018

Filipino news site, Rappler, continues to practice its freedom of speech despite being targeted by president Rodrigo Duterte the past year, with threats of its founders and journalists being arrested. The controversial organization is known for its critiques of the state of Filipino democracy and the tragic, ineffective war on […]

Philippines Selected To Serve On The United Nations Human Rights Council, Despite Gross Human Rights Abuses

The Philippines has been selected to serve on the United Nations Human Rights Council, despite committing gross human rights abuses. On October 12, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) announced that the Philippines was voted in during the elections held in New York. Human Rights Watch (HRW) vehemently opposed the […]

Eritrea Becomes Member Of UN Human Rights Council

Despite a much condemned human rights record, Eritrea has become a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council by a vote of the General Assembly on Friday. The same vote also granted membership to Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cameroon, the Philippines and Somalia, countries which have all also drawn condemnation for […]

Autonomy Granted To Southern Philippines Aims To End Conflict With Muslim Separatists

Violence on the Southern Philippines island of Mindanao has continued from 1969 until as recently as July 31st,2018, when nine soldiers and civilians were killed by a suicide bomber in a truck according to The Economist. However, President Rodrigo Duterte is hoping that this conflict is brought to an end […]