Philippine Alliance of
Human Rights Advocates

uphold, assert and defend all human rights for all!



IDEFEND calls on Congress to junk immediately the unfounded, farcical impeachment complaint against Supreme Court Justice Marvic Leonen.

While we respect and uphold the right of the people to seek accountability from erring public officials, this impeachment complaint is nothing but a frantic act of desperation by Bongbong Marcos to gain a seat in Malacañang.  Justice Leonen is the justice-in-charge of the Marcos electoral protest with the Presidential Electoral Tribunal (PET). The Marcos camp views Leonen as a critical voice in the Court that must be silenced.

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Exact Accountability, Defend Human Rights, Recover Better

On this 72nd anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we seek full accountability of government before any form of meaningful recovery can be achieved. Accountability forms an intrinsic part of rights-based governance because it addresses injustice. Accountability ensures that violators will face the full extent of the law; it reduces the possibility of abuse, corruption and double standard practices. Thus, accountability builds trust in our systems and encourages people’s engagement, which strengthens our democracy. A serious commitment to human rights must prioritize exacting responsibility for grave human rights violations.

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Statement on the European Parliament resolution on the situation in the Philippines, including the case of Maria Ressa (2020/2782(RSP))

PAHRA welcomes the "European Parliament resolution on the situation in the Philippines, including the case of Maria Ressa" which demands that the Philippines respect human rights. The Resolution includes a stern reminder that the tariff-free access to the EU market under the EU GSP+ shall be suspended unless the situation dramatically improves.

We appreciate the overwhelming support of the members of the European Parliament from all across the entire political spectrum (Conservatives, Christian Democrats, Socialists and Progressives, Environmentalists, and Liberals), with 91.70% (652 votes) in favour of the Resolution, a paltry 7 against and only 52 abstention.

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Women Occupy Spaces in the face of Shrinking Democracy

Statement on International Women’s Day 2020
World March of Women – Pilipinas

Eleven days ago, the Senate passed the Anti-Terrorism Bill which repeals the Human Security Act (HSA) of 2007, but extends the detention of a suspect following warrantless arrest to fourteen (14) days, from a maximum of three (3) days provided in the HSA. The said bill authored by Sen. Panfilo Lacson also removed the penalty of half a million pesos against erring law enforcers. Sec. 16 of the anti-terrorism bill extended the period for surveillance of suspect’s communications from 30 days to 60 days, which can be extended further by 30 days.

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Kababaihan: Pangunahan ang isang siglo ng laban tungo sa ganap na paglaya at pagkakapantay pantay

Dalawampu’t limang taon mula nang ipagtibay ng buong mundo sa pamamagitan ng Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, ang kahalagahan ng pagkakapantay-pantay ng mga kasarian (gender equality) sa pangkalahatang kaunlarang panlipunan, pagkakapantay-pantay pa rin ang ating panawagan.

Tumataas ang bilang ng mga kababaihang nagpapalakad ng kabuhayan ng kanilang pamilya, o “women-headed households” (Philippine Commission on Women). Dalawang milyon sa tatlong milyong solo parents ay kababaihan (Philippine Statistics Authority). Ngunit mas malaking porsiyento ng kababaihan ang walang trabaho, mas mababa ang sahod kaysa kalalakihan at higit na nanganganib o bulnerable sa delikado at di-regular na trabaho, at abusong sekswal (Philippine Institute for Development Studies).

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