Controversial Anti-Terrorism Law Approved In The Philippines

Amidst strict quarantine procedures in the Philippines, in which police have been accused of committing abuses, President Rodrigo Duterte on July 3 fast-tracked the widely controversial Anti-Terrorism Law. The new law, which is intentionally broad, grants security forces far-reaching powers to arrest and detain suspected individuals without a warrant in […]

China Continues To Pressure The South China Sea

For more than one month earlier this year, Chinese and Malaysian vessels faced off in the South China Sea. When a Malaysian-authorized drill ship called the West Capella was looking for resources in waters also claimed by Beijing, a Chinese survey vessel, accompanied by coast guard ships, sailed into the […]

Damning UN Report Alludes To Thousands Of Extrajudicial Killings In Duterte’s ‘’War on Drugs’’

President Duterte of the Philippines was elected in June 2016 with the promise that he would do everything in his power to crack down on drug-related crime in the country. Now, four years on, the UN has released a detailed report documenting the extrajudicial killings of thousands of people at […]

June UN Human Right Report Demands Response To Violations In The Philippines’ War On Drugs

On June 4th, The UN High Commissioner of Human Rights released a scathing report on the human rights violations present in the Philippines’ war on drugs. The report called for an immediate and independent domestic investigation into widespread allegations of unlawful civilian killings and severe violations of international human rights […]

U.S. Increases Firepower And Military Exercises Over South China Sea

On Thursday May 7th, two B-1B supersonic heavy bombers were reported cruising the skies to the northeast of Taiwan. According to Aircraft Spots, this was the fourth U.S.-led bomber mission in the Indo-Pacific region since the United States Airforce brought B-1 bombers back into rotation at Andersen Airforce base in […]

High Risk, No Reward

Newsweek wrote on April 29th, “Navy sends second ship into disputed waters after china claims it scrambled jets to expel US destroyer.” The day before, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) announced the American guided-missile destroyer USS Barry, violated Chinese sovereignty when it cruised by the Chinese controlled Paracel Islands in […]

Excessive Enforcement Of COVID-19 Lockdowns: The UN Warns Against Police Brutality

Police worldwide have been using excessive and sometimes deadly force to enforce coronavirus-related curfews and lockdowns. The UN Human Rights Office has observed a range of human rights violations including arbitrary detention, harassment, abuse, beatings, and deaths in over 20 countries. In Nigeria, security forces have killed 18 people in […]

A Dangerous Side Effect: The Infectious Spread Of Authoritarianism In A Post-COVID World

Nations around the world have been grappling with the COVID-19 for months, with over 185 infected countries, 2.38 million infections, and 165,000 deaths at the time of writing. The OWP sends out its condolences to those who have lost friends and family members. But while it is clear from the […]

With Coronavirus Response, Philippines’ Leader Only Furthers Violence

In a press conference on April 1, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned the public to comply with quarantine measures or face death at the hands of the police.  In his official statement, he put his order simply in English: “Shoot them dead.”  The televised address came as a response to […]

In The Philippines And Elsewhere, Coronavirus Is Enabling Human Rights Abuses

On 5 April, it was announced that a 63-year-old man in the Philippines had been shot dead for violating coronavirus lockdown rules by not wearing a mask. To date, the virus has infected 4,428 Filipinos and killed 247, and with numbers increasing daily, the government has announced strict measures to […]

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 […]