Crackdown on dissent in Philippines
Hearings continue against anti-terror law in the Philippines

On the second day of oral arguments being presented before the Supreme Court of the Philippines, petitioners argued that the law undermines protections against state abuse

Philippines apex court kicks off hearings on anti-terror law

The Supreme Court has begun hearing oral arguments on over three dozen petitions filed against the Anti-Terror Act passed by the Rodrigo Duterte government in July 2020

Filipino activist groups prepare for judicial hearings on draconian anti-terror law

On Friday, activist groups held a ‘send-off’ event for the legal team which has faced threats from a military official. The event was held at the University of the Philippines – Diliman which has borne the brunt of red-tagging by the Duterte government

Philippines universities condemn government attempts at ‘red-tagging’

The accusations were made by the head of the Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-insurgency body, Antonio Parlade, just a week after the government decided to deploy security forces into University of the Philippines campuses

Under the cover of the pandemic, states cracked down even harder

Despite promises to focus all efforts towards combating the pandemic, many states used the pretext of the lockdown to intensify repression of people’s movements and dissenting voices

Indigenous movements and the struggle in defense of land in 2020

On top of the existing violence and institutional impediments, this year was particularly taxing for the defenders of land and environment as they had to face double whammy of COVID-19 pandemic and the intensification of neoliberalism under it

Around the world in 8 minutes: Argentina’s moment of reckoning

After decades of struggle, Argentine feminists are on the brink of a historic victory and the abortion rights bill has passed the lower house of parliament and heads to the Senate next

Journalist Virgilio Maganes shot dead in Philippines, the 18th such murder during Duterte’s rule

62-year-old Virgilio Maganes was shot dead by unknown gunmen in the Pangasinan province on Tuesday. He had survived a similar attempt on his life in 2016

Social activist and rights advocate Zara Alvarez murdered in the Philippines

Zara Alvarez was killed by unidentified gunmen in Bacolod City on Monday. The incident comes a week after NDF peace consultant Randall Echanis was killed near the capital Manila

Protesters march in Manila against new anti-terror law, pandemic mismanagement

Large demonstrations were held across the country despite dozens of arrests and detention of suspected protesters

Government crackdown on press continues in Philippines as Congress denies a license for ABS-CBN

In a vote at the congressional committee for franchises, pro-Duterte legislators blocked ABS-CBN franchise license over “political bias” against the president

Philippines COVID crackdown on leftists In the Philippines, president Duterte threatens activists with police firing

The government of Rodrigo Duterte has been widely criticized for its high-handed and brutal crackdown against social movements under the pretext of dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak

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