Philippines


The Philippines Under Duterte: From Democracy To Dictator 1

The Philippines is fast approaching a potential crisis. Not an economic crisis or an inevitable military conflict, but a crisis that threatens the democracy and personal liberties of the Filipino people. President Rodrigo Duterte has resolutely held the position of denying the popular news network ABS-CBN the ability to renew […]


China-funded Hydropower Dam In South Pulangi: Hold Duterte Administration Accountable For Indigenous Rights Abuses

Being the latest in a series of connections between Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative and the Duterte administration’s “Build, Build, Build” infrastructure program, the construction of a China-funded hydropower dam in South Pulangi threatens 20 indigenous communities in Southern Mindanao. Located about three hours north of Davao […]


Robredo’s 1/100 rating For The Philippines’ Anti-Drug War: Corruption And Poverty Are Enabling This Crisis

On 6th January, Philippines’ Vice-President Leni Robredo submitted her report as co-chair of the Inter-Agency Committee Against Illegal Drugs, bringing into the spotlight incriminating statistics of the Duterte administration’s dismal progress in the 3-year long drug war. “Despite the thousands who were killed, and despite the huge sum and resources […]


The Philippines Narcotics Crackdown A “Systematic Campaign of Abuses,” Reports Amnesty

President Rodrigo Duterte’s narcotics crackdown in the Philippines is a “systematic campaign of abuses,” Amnesty International has claimed this week, whilst urging the United Nations to launch an investigation into thousands of killings at the hands of Filipino authorities. The police are reportedly conducting routine night killings of people who […]


Amnesty International Releases ‘They Just Kill’ Report On The Philippine Anti-Drug Effort

Amnesty International recently detailed the results of their latest investigations into the Philippines’ ‘war on drugs’ in their report ‘They Just Kill’. The report alleges that, per the Philippine National Police’s (PNP) own statistics, at least 6600 civilians, mostly impoverished, have been killed in extrajudicial police shootings. Amnesty further contends […]


UN Approves Investigation Into The Philippines’ ‘War On Drugs’ 1

On July 12th, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted to investigate the ongoing ‘War on Drugs’ spearheaded by President Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines. Proposed by Iceland, the resolution to investigate the alleged deaths of 12 000 Filipinos was approved with 18 nations voting in favour and with 14 […]


Efforts To Curb The Commercial Sexual Exploitation Of Children In The Philippines

The Philippine government signed the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Law to protect Children in Situations of Armed Conflict (CSAC) on 14 June. The law contains provisions to protect children from the flow on effects of conflict. Not isolated from the impacts of conflict on children, an issue […]


Malaysia and the Philippines: We Are Not The “Dumping Ground Of The World”

Nations in South East Asia are returning imported plastic waste to the various countries of origin. On the 28th of May, the Malaysian environment minister announced that it would send back 3,000 tonnes of waste that was rotting, contaminated or was not actually recyclable and had been deliberately mislabelled. This […]


‘Rubbish Wars’: South-East Asia Contests Western Approach to Recycling

When we think of war, we often think of violent battles, militaries, human casualty and death. Few would consider tonnes of waste a potential catalyst for inter-state conflict. Fewer would accept environmental injustice a war crime. Yet, in the current era of mass consumption and increasing demand for single-use products, […]