Philippines


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, […]


Duterte Threatens War With Canada Over Waste Dispute

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened Canada with war over garbage produced by the latter which has been sitting in Filipino ports over the past six years. The garbage has been sitting within shipping containers, which were shipped to the Philippines in 2013 and 2014 by an Ontario-based company called […]


Duterte Warns Of ‘Suicide Missions’ As Tensions Rise Over The South China Sea Dispute

Tensions around the South China Sea reached a new peak this week as Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned of aggressive confrontation via military “suicide missions”. Duterte’s comments are in response to the mass fleet of Chinese ships seemingly surrounding the Filipino Island Pag-asa. Various islands within the South China Sea […]


The Increasing Rise Of War Rhetoric And Its Negative Implications

Wars are deadly events that lead to the deaths of thousands of people, usually including civilians. Despite this, war is often advocated as an ‘easy’ fix to solve complex problems, to the extent that it is often justified if it adheres to the theory of Just War. Within this theory, […]


Deadly Attacks On A Cathedral And Mosque After Landmark Referendum In Mindanao

Two people were killed in the Philippines when a grenade was thrown into a mosque in Zamboanga on Wednesday, just three days after two explosions at a cathedral killed at least 21 on the island of Jolo. The attacks come after the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao recently voted ‘yes’ […]