These days, the politics of Europe and America seems to be conquered by an overwhelming talks about the pros and cons of the ongoing massive migration of refugees and the policy and practical reactionary solutions that the continent needs to setup. What is more dismaying is the fact that Europe as a continent, and each … Continue reading What is the exception for that matter? Stop Calumniating about the Refugee Crisis!!
Drawing by Sid Cayon “Lumads” the indigenous people in the Philippines live so close to their ancestral and natural environments. However, they are struggling immensely with current challenges as thousands of them are being forced to relocate and are displaced. Their ancestral lands are at constant risk due to development projects like mining and extraction … Continue reading Brutal killing and harassing of Lumads in the Philippines must stop!
The "Action Network Human Rights - Philippines" (Aktionsbuendnis Menschenrechte Philippinen)* has conducted a two-day conference focused on the theme "repression against civil society in the Philippines". Human Rights Matter was among some of the participant organizations attending. The participants and speakers consisted of Philippine civil society, people's organizations, church leaders and think tanks (Karapatan, Philippines … Continue reading Conference “Repression against Civil Society in the Philippines”, September 21-22, 2015 in Berlin
Photo taken by Karapatan Women rights activists Andrea Rosal & Miradel Torres were illegally arrested by Philippines authorities a year ago – because of their involvement in human rights issues and work for social justice. They both were pregnant when they were detained. After undergoing many agonies, Andrea Rosal is finally freed. However the … Continue reading The struggle continues! Free Maridel Torres and her Baby!
After 18 months in jail, on September 7,2015 Andrea Rosal was released of her detention cell in Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City at around 8:30 p.m. Andrea is the daughter of the late spokesman of the Communist Party of the Philippines, Roger Rosal, and also known as Human Rights Defender in the area of … Continue reading ANDREA ROSAL IS FINALLY FREE!
KARAPTAN's Appeal For Action UA Date: July 15, 2015 UA Case: Violation on the Right to Liberty of Movement, including the right to travel; Threats, harassment, or intimidation; Violation on the Right to Freedom of Association, due process, free speech, privacy; Violation of national sovereignty; Violation of the right to self-determination and right to international solidarity … Continue reading Women’s Rights Activist and Former PH Lawmaker Barred from Travelling to US
On the 9th June, 2015, the Office for Civil Freedoms together with the Ministry of Defense of the Republic of Tajikistan and Ombudsman with the OSCE’s financial support have conducted a half-day conference on Results of Human Rights Observations in Military Bases, Human Rights of the Conscripts and Armed Forces Personnel in Tajikistan. It was … Continue reading Summary of the Conference on Results of Human Rights Observations in Military Bases, Human Rights of the Conscripts and Armed Forces Personnel in Tajikistan
In the Philippines human rights activists are continued to be intimidated and harassed in a systematic way. Unfortunately the Philippines ‘authorities use their legal system to harass human rights activists who have been pursuing justice. Zara Alvarez is a well known human rights activist who became conscious of the vulnerability of working on human rights … Continue reading “EU delegates approached to protect HRDs being harassed and surveilled “
Linda Aguilar, Executive Director Human Rights Matter Human Rights Matter (HRM) released earlier today a joint statement along with Office of Civil Freedom (a Tajik organization working on protecting the rights of Military conscripts) criticizing the government’s Law Draft on Military duty and Military service. Although the focus of the statement on many provisions in … Continue reading Tajikistan’s New Law Draft attempts to legalize unlawful rounds ups and raids of conscripts
The fall of Berlin wall in 1989 and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 have become events which required the OSCE member-states to re-consider the necessary steps on developing new mechanisms to maintain security in the OSCE region. Twenty years ago, the Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspects of Security entered into force, … Continue reading 20 Years of OSCE Code of Conduct on Politico-Military Aspect of Security: Implementation in Tajikistan