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Philippines president signs bill prohibiting sexual harassment
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a bill into law penalizing acts of sexual harassment including catcalling, wolf-whistling and persistent telling of sexual jokes. Officials released a copy of the Republic Act 11313, known as the "Safe (More)
HRW calls on Sri Lanka to halt death penalty plan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday called on the government of Sri Lanka to halt plans to resume executions and restore its 43-year moratorium on the use of the death penalty. “Sri Lanka’s plan to resume use of the death penalty is a major setbac (More)
UN experts call for investigation into Philippines human rights violations
UN rights experts on Friday called on the UN to enact an independent investigation into human rights violations in the Philippines, citing an increase of unlawful killings and attacks on individuals and institutions defending human rights. The rep (More)
Philippines withdraws from ICC
The Philippines officially withdrew from the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Sunday, becoming the second country to withdraw after Burundi, which left in 2017. President Rodrigo Duterte announced the country was withdrawing from the court a (More)
US State Department releases annual human rights country reports
The US Department of State released its annual human rights country reports for 2018 Wednesday. In an attempt to hold other countries accountable for their human rights records, the State Department publishes annual reports on countries around th (More)
Rights groups condemn arrest of Philippines journalist Maria Ressa
Maria Ressa, Philippine journalist and known critic of the country's president was arrested Wednesday on charges of cyber libel for her work as CEO and executive editor for Philippines-based news site Rappler, drawing criticism from rights groups. (More)
Sri Lanka announces plans for first executions in 43 years
Sri Lanka announced on Thursday that it is lifting a 43-year moratorium on capital punishment and will start executing prisoners with drug trafficking convictions who are on death row. The Justice and Prison Reforms Ministry has issued a timeline (More)
Fear - A Dictator’s Tool
Thomas Jefferson is reported to have said: "When government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny." I have investigated and prosecuted dictators and their henchmen for most of my professional lif (More)
Philippines legislature passes bill lowering age of social responsibility to 12
After a third and final review of House Bill 8858, the Philippines House of Representatives passed a bill lowering the minimum age of social responsibility to 12 years old. The original version of the bill, which proposed lowering the age to nine, (More)
ICC prosecutor's annual report adds new examinations of Myanmar, Philippines
The Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, on Thursday released the court's annual Report on Preliminary Examination Activities. This report, which spans December 1, 2017, through November 30, 2018, summarizes work done b (More)
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