Power and Democracy
MANILA, Philippines - Focus on the Global South joined thousands of human rights defenders to commemorate the International Human Rights Day on 10 December 2016: Global Day of Action in Defense of the Right to Life. The mobilization was led by the In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement or iDEFEND. Focus is a member of iDEFEND, a grassroots movement that defends the rights and upholds the dignity of all Filipinos. iDEFEND engages with the government, educates and organizes the public and transforms collective voices into public action.
Led by the coalition In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement or iDEFEND, about 200 activists, human rights defenders, individuals from various people's organizations, labor groups, civil society, and social movements marched from Tomas Morato to St. Joseph's College in Quezon City to mark President Rodrigo Duterte's 100 days in office.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is in Vientiane, Laos, September 6 - 8, for his first ever appearance on the international stage since becoming head of state in June 2016. He shall be having his debut via the ASEAN Summit, where his main agenda, among others, will be to promote his war on drugs and push for a “drug-free ASEAN.” A statement issued on his behalf during his departure, September 5, from Davao City, southern Philippines, has also underscored “the importance of the rule of law and peaceful settlement of disputes” as a key talking point during the 2016 Summit.