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Detained ex-senator vows to continue the fight for human rights

In her interview with Pressenza journalist Perfecto Caparas, ex-senator Leila de Lima envisions a future characterized by her continuing fight for human rights, democracy, and the rule of law. “There is this part of me that refuses to rest until…

Intimations: A haiku journal #2

When a moment arises that plants seeds of inspiration and snares a sense of renewed feeling and fortuity, it bursts with an explosion of words that tries to capture what it intimates, meanings that add grace, wonder, beauty, and a…

EcoWaste Coalition Pushes for Benzene Ban in Children’s Toys

10 December 2022, Quezon City.  While long banned in developed countries, toys containing benzene, a chemical classified as “carcinogenic to humans,” are still sold in the domestic market. The continued sale of plastic balloon-blowing kits with a solvent mixture containing benzene…

Toxics-free and wastes-free Philippines for International Human Rights Day

Environmental watchdog group BAN Toxics urged the government to implement better action plans and solutions for a toxics-free and waste-free Philippines. The group made the call in time for the commemoration of International Human Rights Day. “A safe and healthy…

Groups Seek Protection for Cats and Dogs against Hazards Caused by Firecrackers and Fireworks

8 December 2022, Quezon City.  An animal welfare group and an environmental watchdog group have joined forces to dissuade the general public from lighting firecrackers and fireworks for the safety not only of human beings but also of our furry friends.…

BAN Toxics Launches Toxic-Free and Waste-Free Christmas, Promotes Recycled and Eco-friendly Parols

QUEZON CITY, December 7, 2022 – Environmental group BAN Toxics, together with thousands of students, teachers, and parents of General Roxas Elementary School (GRES), launched its annual school-based campaign promoting a toxic-free and waste-free Christmas celebration. Students, teachers, and parents…

Should we boycott the Qatar World Cup?

The Qatar World Cup has entered its third week. Yet, the demands to boycott this event have never ceased. Several campaigns started against Qatar because of its strict rules and its violations of migrants’ rights. It is the first time…

Peace on silver jubilee remains elusive for Chittagong Hill people

People of the hill forest, an abode of the Mongoloid ethnic Adivasis refuse to celebrate the historic signing of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) Peace Accord on December 2, which brought to an end a protracted autonomy-seeking insurgency for more…

How does the ‘1997 Chittagong Hill Tracts peace accord’ pave the way for Peace and prosperity.

To put an end to the brutal confrontations between the government troops and the tribes and hillsmen of the Chittagong Hill Tracts, the Chittagong Hill Tracts Peace Accord was signed 25 years ago. Following the agreement, it was thought that…

Monsoon

POEM     The wind swirls around and strums the leaves. The monsoon arrives without a warning. A deluge, an outpouring from the heavens, As if in answer to the call of the earth. Parched, dry, drought, famine. Thousands, in…

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