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August, 2016

Nearly 18,000 have died in Syria state jails, says Amnesty

August 19, 2016 ·  By Middle East for


Nearly 18,000 people have died in government prisons in Syria since the beginning of the uprising in 2011, according to Amnesty International. A new report by the charity, based on interviews with 65 “torture survivors”, details systematic use of rape and beatings by prison guards. Former detainees described so-called welcome parties – ritual beatings using […]


The Death Penalty is Being Implemented

August 19, 2016 · 


The Death Penalty is Being Implemented 18 August 2016 Fr. Shay Cullen Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez and Capiz Rep. Fredenil Castro want to bring back the death penalty in the Philippines as a deterrent to crime. It can be said that the death penalty is already effectively and practically in force daily. As many as ten […]


Wrongly accused US man freed from PH jail after 5 years

August 18, 2016 ·  By Associated Press / U.S Bureau for

Scott McMahon, freed after five years. WEBSITE

MANILA — An American man jailed in the Philippines for more than five years was freed Tuesday, August 2 after being acquitted of rape. A court in metropolitan Manila cleared Scott McMahon, of Seattle, after finding no clear evidence that he committed rape, as a Filipino woman alleged, a court official said on condition of […]


Cop who linked PNP execs to drugs found dead

August 17, 2016 ·  By Norman Mendoza for

CEBU CITY—PO2 Ryan Casiban left his post as desk officer of the police station in Cordova town in northern Cebu province early morning of Aug. 10, even if his shift had yet to end. Two days later, his decomposing body was found on a vacant lot near a firing range in Lapu-Lapu City, with a […]


Dela Rosa: No investigation can stop PNP’s war vs drugs

August 17, 2016 ·  By Julliane Love De Jesus for

DRESSING DOWN Local government officials and policemen linked by President Duterte to the illegal drug trade get a dressing down from PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa in Camp Crame, Quezon City. NIÑO JESUS ORBETA

With clean hearts and untainted consciences. That is how Philippine National Police chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa and top police officials will face the Senate when it conducts an inquiry on the increasing number of extrajudicial executions amid the government’s drug war, he said. The Senate has summoned Dela Rosa and other PNP officials to […]


The Trafficking of Humans

August 12, 2016 · 

Slavery - Human Trafficking

The Trafficking of Humans Fr. Shay Cullen 12 August 2016 A few weeks ago, 69 Vietnamese victims of human trafficking were found in the Philippines. These migrants had been brought from Vietnam two at a time on a tourist visa by a syndicate and made to work for three years on low wages or none […]


The Nauru files: cache of 2,000 leaked reports reveal scale of abuse of children in Australian offshore detention

August 11, 2016 ·  By Paul Farrell, Nick Evershed and Helen Davidson for

Allegations involving children make up more than 50% of the 2,000 leaked reports of the Nauru files from the detention centre on the remote Pacific island. Composite: The Guardian Design

The devastating trauma and abuse inflicted on children held by Australia in offshore detention has been laid bare in the largest cache of leaked documents released from inside its immigration regime. More than 2,000 leaked incident reports from Australia’s detention camp for asylum seekers on the remote Pacific island of Nauru – totalling more than […]


Nauru detention centre: Abuse and trauma reports leaked

August 11, 2016 ·  By Australia for

A photo taken by Amnesty International shows the inside of a tent housing asylum seekers in Nauru

More than 2,000 leaked reports detail widespread abuse and trauma among children and women at Australia’s offshore detention centre for asylum seekers on the Pacific island of Nauru. The “incident reports”, published by the Guardian, reveal that self-harm and violence are commonplace at the centre. Numerous reports relate to sexual assault and coercion of women […]


PH now a human trafficking destination

August 11, 2016 ·  By Julie M. Aurelio for


The Bureau of Immigration (BI) is stepping up its screening of incoming foreigners after the discovery of an alleged syndicate trafficking Vietnamese workers to the Philippines. The agency recently interviewed scores of overstaying Vietnamese who had said they were illegally recruited by an agency to work as house helpers in the Philippines. BI spokesperson Tonette […]


Bishop: Shall we become a generation of murderers?

August 9, 2016 ·  By Paterno Esmaquel II for

I'M A PUSHER.' A woman mourns the loss of her husband, next to a placard which reads, 'I'm a pusher.' Her husband was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Manila on July 23, 2016. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

Archbishop Socrates Villegas releases the strongest statement by a Catholic leader against the bloody anti-drug war waged by President Rodrigo Duterte MANILA, Philippines – While other bishops have remained silent on the recent killings in the Philippines, Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas is set to preach his warning on Sunday, August 7, against the Duterte administration’s […]

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