LGBT Human Rights Defenders Call For End To Killings
(September 14, 2011) — Hate Crime Watch has documented 141 incidents that bear hallmarks of murder and extrajudicial executions since it started culling statistics from known media reports that date back to 1996. This year alone, 29 incidents have been noted, nearing the 2010 record of 34 incidents. READ MORE >>>
LADLAD asks Congress to investigate LGBT hate crimes
(July 20, 2011) — THE partylist for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Filipinos is calling the Philippine House of Representatives to certify urgent the resolution to investigate the increasing number of hate crimes being committed against LGBTs in the country. READ MORE >>>
Longest Temporary Environmental Restraining Order issued against Marcventures Mining Development Corp.
Cantilan, Surigao del Sur (June 9, 2011) — In a court order dated May 26, 2011 and released on June 7, Surigao del Sur Regional Trial Court Judge Alfredo Jalad wrote, "The TEPO issued (against Marcventures Mining Development Corp. or MMDC) by this court is declared as still subsisting and effective until there is an order lifting, revoking or dissolving it."
The 7–month TEPO against MMDC is the first longest environmental protection order in Philippine mining history, a landmark victory for Cantilangnons who are against mining in their watershed.
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From scavengers back to being farmers
(May 17, 2011) After a decade of struggle and waiting, 17 farmers from Purok 6, Barangay Bolisong, El Salvador City, Misamis Oriental can finally be able to re–occupy and re–cultivate the land that is rightfully theirs. READ MORE >>>
Human rights revolution now stands on the threshold of historic change — Amnesty International
(May 12, 2011) — Growing demands for freedom and justice across the Middle East and North Africa and the rise of social media offer an unprecedented opportunity for human rights change – but this change stands on a knife–edge, said Amnesty International as it launched its global human rights report on the eve of its 50th anniversary. READ MORE >>>
Protection of the media is handicapped by impunity in the Philippines
(May 3, 2011) As journalists around the world celebrate World Press Freedom Day, Reporters Without Borders reported that protection of the media is handicapped by impunity in the Philippines.
More than 500 days after the Mindanao massacre in which 37 journalists died, the press freedom situation remains critical in the Philippines, which is ranked 122nd out of 178 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index.
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It is not just all about the drainage system — Librado
Davao City (April 9, 2011) — While Davao City is eyeing for a better drainage system in preparation for the rainy days, Dabawenyos should also be educated about mitigating climate change, Councilor Leah Librado of Davao City District 1 said. READ MORE >>>
Indigenous peoples call on gov't to suspend
mining and infrastructure projects in ancestral domains
(March 23, 2011) Indigenous peoples (IP) and IP organizations from around the country are calling on the government to immediately suspend the processing of Free Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) and issuance of Certificate of Pre-conditions (CP) for major projects such as mining and infrastructure on grounds that these have violated their rights to self–determination. READ MORE >>>
Mamanwa villagers oppose MRL's mining exploration plan
Jabonga, Agusan del Norte (March 10, 2011) — Close to one hundred Mamanwa residents in the village of Dinarawan, San Pablo of this town expressed their opposition to the mining exploration plan of Mindoro Resources, Limited (MRL) inside the Mamanwa ancestral domain.
CLICK HERE to view the 1st page of the opposition letter of the Mamanwa in Dinarawan >>>
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Research shows attainment of right to health of citizens still a big challenge
ZAMBOANGA CITY (March 6, 2011) — Isang serbisyo na sa tingin ng mga sumali sa research na kailangan pang i–improve ay ang serbisyo para sa violence against women and children (VAWC). Hindi na rin kakaila na pag dinala sa health center ang isang babae na nakaranas ng pang–abuso, agad itong i–refer sa public hospital o sa opisina ng barangay. Sa barangay center, walang safe room kung saan magkaroon ng privacy for women survivors of VAWC.
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Leading suspect in Maguindanao massacre tries to get charges dropped
(March 2, 2011) Fifteen months after a politically–motivated massacre on 23 November 2009 in Maguindanao in which 32 journalists were killed, the case against the alleged killers has ground to a halt.
One of the accused masterminds, Zaldy Ampatuan, the suspended governor of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), has petitioned the Court of Appeals for a review of the Department of Justice finding of probable cause in his case. If the court rules in his favour, not only would he be released but all charges against him would be dropped.
CLICK HERE for more of this story from Reporters Without Borders website >>>
Conflicting land–related policies sow confusion and disturbance
"Clearly, the absence of a land use framework and sectoral laws conflicting with each other result in increasing cases of conflicting claims on land use. Such are our case in Don Carlos, Bukidnon where the ancestral lands of the Manobo indigenous communities were distributed by the DAR (Department of Agrarian Reform) to non-IP (indigenous people) groups resulting in conflicting situation between IPs and farmers," said Datu Marcial Tahuyan of the Lumida group.
Similar disputes arise between urban poor settlers and landowner⁄developer, indigenous peoples' groups and logging concessionaires⁄ mining companies and even within the marginalized groups as conflicting and unclear provisions of land–related policies sow confusion and disturbance.
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"If we want to address deforestation,let us put a halt to the drivers of deforestation. Large–scale mining is one of them." — Environmental Group
Early this year, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon Paje issued Memorandum Order No. 2011–01 suspending the acceptance and processing of new mining applications.
Legal Rights and Natural Resources Center–Kasama sa Kalikasan (LRC–KsK/Friends of the Earth–Phils.), a legal, policy research and advocacy institution, in a statement said: "It is clear from the memorandum that the moratorium covers only the acceptance and processing of new mining applications. Pending mining applications will continue to be processed, and existing mining tenements remain valid and in effect."
CLICK HERE to read the full text of LRC–KsK⁄Friends of the Earth–Phils. statement (February 11, 2011) >>>
Mamanwa tribe in Agusan del Norte opposes Mindoro Resources Limited's mining plan
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