Category: Power and Democracy

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April 20, 2018. QUEZON CITY—Members of human rights movement IDEFEND decried the worsening human rights situation and the continuing threats to Philippine democracy.  “Philippine Democracy is in Danger” declared IDEFEND in the wake of more recent events like the deportation of Giacomo Fillbeck, …

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By Yasmin Ahammad and Clarissa V. Militante In the face of authoritarianism and systemically-rooted patriarchy in Southeast Asian societies, do women who have ascended to powerful government positions really wield power? Has this ‘power’ worked towards defending and protecting women and their rights …

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On the 45th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law, young activists in the Philippines urge their fellow Filipinos to fight against the tyrannical rule of Duterte and to defend the democratic rights of the people. 2017 September 21. Quezon City, Philippines.

In many countries in Asia, new forms of authoritarianism are on the rise. In the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte—a former mayor accused of organizing death squads and who promised to make the fish of Manila Bay grow fat from the bodies of drug dealers—won the presidential elections in 2016. In Thailand …

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December 15th, 2017 – On the fifth anniversary of the enforced disappearance of Lao civil society leader Sombath Somphone, we, the undersigned organizations, express outrage at the Lao government’s failure to independently, impartially, effectively, and transparently investigate Sombath’s …

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For its video on the situation of human rights in Asia, human rights violations in the form of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, Focus will receive a human rights award; the video received the most likes and share among the participants/contenders. The awards night is on December 1 …

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In Asia today, the list of the disappeared, murdered, assaulted, harassed, imprisoned, and tortured continues to grow. The cases here are just a few of what have been documented, and with these Focus and the Global South and iDefend Philippines would like to add to the voices calling for end to impu …

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Hundreds of representatives of social movements from across the world converged in Geneva to challenge corporate power and reclaim people’s sovereignty. Dubbed as the “People’s Week of Mobilizations, the Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power, Reclaim People’s Sovereignty and Stop Corpora …

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Interview with Leila de Lima, political prisoner On August 21, her 181st day of incarceration and a week short of her birthday, Senator Leila de Lima gave me a wide ranging interview, perhaps the most extensive she has ever given.  The last time I saw her was in totally different circumstances, …

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Dutertism. Dutertismo. The suffix ‘ism’ according to the dictionary may refer to a “distinctive practice, doctrine, theory,” and/or ideology. Does attaching an ‘ism’ therefore to the president’s name imply that he carries with him a unique brand of presidency; a different style of governance; a visi …

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Rodrigo Duterte’s flagship domestic policy, The War on Drugs, has killed thousands—and the death toll continues to rise. International Human Rights Day mobilization, Manila, Philippines. 2016 December 10.  Photo by Galileo de Guzman Castillo

by Clarissa Militante About the cover photo: Rodrigo Duterte’s flagship domestic policy, The War on Drugs, has killed thousands—and the death toll continues to rise. International Human Rights Day mobilization, Manila, Philippines. 2016 December 10.  Photo by Galileo de Guzman Castillo Where li …

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