Category: Power and Democracy

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On 22 May 2018, about 500 citizens of Thailand gathered at Thammasat University in Bangkok and marched peacefully towards Government House, demanding an end to martial law and return to democratization and civilian rule, starting with elections by the end of 2018. The date of the march—22 May—is sig …

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(May 23, 2018/Manila) – “Identity, ancestral domain, protection of their rights as non-Moro Indigenous Peoples – these are the issues that I have heard from our Lumad leaders, and I will bring these to the plenary debates on the BBL (Bangsamoro Basic Law),” says Senator Joel Villanueva.  Indige …

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[REPOST FROM THE REAL NEWS NETWORK]   Last month, Walden Bello, Focus’ co-founder was interviewed by The Real News Network. In his exchange with producer and reporter Ben Norton, he discusses how the middle class is the social base for far-right movements. To read the whole transcript of this i …

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[REPOST FROM THE REAL NEWS NETWORK] Last month, Walden Bello, Focus’ co-founder was interviewed by The Real News Network. In his exchange with producer and reporter Ben Norton, he explains how Duterte’s government and politics are a threat to Democracy. To read the whole transcript of this interview …

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Why do IP Rights matter? Timuay Leticio Datuwata, Lambangian leader explains why retaining their indigenous identity is a core issue and why this is essential to ensuring an inclusive BBL.#IPRightsMatter  

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(May 21, 2018/Manila) – “To include non-Moro indigenous peoples rights in the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) means inclusive peace, and a more lasting one,” says Titay Bleyen Santos Unsad, a Teduray leader from Upi, Maguindanao.  “Peace in Mindanao is a common aspiration of the Moro people …

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Laws and policies have not always been on the side of the people. For the basic masses—workers, farmers, indigenous peoples, urban poor, especially the women from these basic sectors—the country’s legal and justice systems have also often times failed to protect their rights and interests. But to be …

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“P-move (Peoples Movement for a Just Society) wishes to affirm that we are not only poor people who are troubled or abused, but we are also groups of people with our own concrete development models to solve our problems.  We have savings groups, community banks, community welfare systems f …

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Statement from the Free Jonas Burgos Movement The Supreme Court affirming the March 27, 2013 resolution of the Court of Appeals ruled that the Philippine Army of the Armed Forces of the Philippines took Jonas Joseph Burgos on April 28, 2007, establishing that Jonas is a victim of enforced disappeara …

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The European Union (EU) is one of the largest international donors to the Lao PDR, with a budget of over 200 million Euros for the 2014-2020 period.On 15 March 2018, the EU and the Lao PDR held the eighth session of their annual Human Rights Dialogue in Brussels.  Ahead of the Dialogue, many or …

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