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Protection for rights and Church groups rejected

MANILA (UCAN): Church and human rights groups in the Philippines condemned a ruling by the Court of Appeals rejecting a petition seeking legal protection from military harassment.
 
The petition calling for writs of amparo (protection) and habeas data (access to information) came from the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP), human rights group, Karapatan, and the women’s organisation, Gabriela.
 

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When the truth will set us free

If there is one thing that humans hunger and thirst for it is the truth. Knowledge is vital for human learning, survival, safety, progress and interpersonal and social relationships. At the beginning of humankind, knowing where in the forest to gather food, how to hunt and to be alert to danger was a life or death learning process.  
 








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Why the climate is changing

Students are on the streets waving banners, banging drums, singing, chanting and calling for an end to the causes driving climate change that are wrecking the planet. 
 








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Another rights advocate murdered in the Phlippines

MANILA (UCAN): “In sadness, we all are crying out: End the killings! These barbaric and calculated assassinations must end! We should not tolerate this kind of crime,” Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of San Carlos, said in the wake of the killing of Bernardino Patigas Sr., a 72-year-old human rights worker.
 
Patigas was shot dead by a lone gunman in Negros Oriental province on April 22, three weeks after masked policemen gunned down 14 farmers in the same province (Sunday Examiner, April 7).
 

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ASEAN leaders stumble over humanitarian crises

Luke Hunt
 
Five great refugee floods have blighted Southeast Asia over the last half-century—sparked by conflicts in Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines, East Timor (also known as Timor Leste) and Myanmar—in tragedies with far-reaching consequences that should have been averted.
 








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More Philippine Church leaders and rights workers ‘red tagged’

CAGAYAN DE ORO (UCAN): The ‘red-tagging’ of Church leaders and advocates—linking them to the Communist Party of the Philippines—has intensified with priests of the Philippine Independent Church included on a new list of people alleged to have ties with communist rebels.
 
The list also included the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, the Alliance of Concerned Teachers, the Union of Peoples Lawyers, and youth group, Kabataan.
 

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Champion of human rights mourned in Sri Lanka

NEGOMBO (UCAN): American Jesuit Father Benjamin Henry Miller, who documented thousands of abductions and disappearances as well as other abuses during Sri Lanka’s 1983 to 2009 civil war, died on January 1 at the age of 93, in his small but beautiful room in an old attic of St. Michael’s college in Batticaloa, a major eastern city of the island nation.
 
He had been under medical care for age-related illnesses for several years prior to his death.
 

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Death of child at United States border condemned as ‘unacceptable’

WASHINGTON (CNS): “This was bound to happen,” said Dylan Corbett, executive director of the Hope Border Institute, in reaction to the death of a second child on Christmas Eve at the border of the United States (US) and Mexico.
 
“It’s completely unacceptable. Children are not supposed to be housed at a checkpoint,” he said.
 

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Aung San Suu Kyi fails on rule of law

by Michael Sainsbury
 
 
In Myanmar and across the Western world, there is outrage at the jailing of two local Reuters journalists, Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, for seven years using antiquated colonial-era laws around state secrets—one of which, bizarrely, was a download of Pope Francis’ schedule for his visit last year.
 








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Calls for accountability over Myanmar atrocities

MANDALAY (UCAN): “Accountability is essential for genuine reconciliation between all ethnic groups and is a prerequisite for regional security and stability,” United Nations (UN) secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, said, as he called for accountability over the persecution of the Rohingya Muslim ethnic group in Myanmar which he described as one of the world’s worst humanitarian and human rights crises.
 

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