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Human rights group hits UK for ‘slavery’ of migrants

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A domestic worker holds up her UK Overseas Domestic Worker visa. The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said migrant domestic workers, including Filipino women brought to the United Kingdom by their employers, are being subjected to serious abuses like forced labor.  PHOTO FROM HRW.ORG

The New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said migrant domestic workers, including Filipino women brought to the United Kingdom by their employers, are being subjected to serious abuses like forced labor.

Posted: April 2nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

US justice official cites use of rewards, threats in fight vs corruption

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Office of the Ombudsman or Asian Development Bank building

A former senior counsel of the US Department of Justice has cited the importance of giving incentives to reward companies that cooperate with law enforcement in fighting corruption and, on the other hand, of issuing threats to investigate those that fail to come forward with information regarding corruption.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Medalla, Valencia complete Robben Island channel crossing in less than 3 hours

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Betsy Medalla’s profile picture in her Facebook account.

They came, they saw, they conquered. Filipino athletes Betsy Medalla and Julyan Valencia triumphed in the 1st Filipino Robben Island Swim in South Africa Sunday.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

2 Filipinos warming up for cold-water crossing

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Betsy Medalla’s profile picture in her Facebook account.

Water temperatures in and around the Robben Island channel have been hovering between 13 and 15 degrees, but Filipino swimmers Betsy Medalla and Julian Valencia are warming up to the bitter cold.

Posted: February 8th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

2,000 Marcos victims urged to contact Hawaii court over de-listed claims

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Commission on Human Rights chair Loretta Ann Rosales (in photo) urged about 2,000 martial law victims to inform the Hawaii district court about the deletion of their names from the original list of claimants entitled to indemnification from the Marcos assets. INQUIRER.net FILE PHOTO

The names of about 2,000 martial law victims had been removed from the original list of claimants entitled to indemnification from the Marcos assets, prompting Commission on Human Rights chair Loretta Ann Rosales to urge them to inform the Hawaii district court about the deletion.

Posted: February 4th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

DSWD studies how Aceh rose after tsunami

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This combination of photos shows areas affected by the earthquake-triggered tsunami which hit Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province, Indonesia, on Dec 25, 2004. The top photo shows a devastated area on Dec 31, 2004, six days after the tsunami. The bottom photo shows an area with rebuilt housing on Nov. 19, 2013. Aceh’s reconstruction didn’t always run smoothly, especially during the first year, but it is now almost universally regarded as successful. Around 130,000 houses were built in less than three years, along with scores of airports, roads and schools. It was the biggest construction project in the developing world. The man who steered Indonesia to recovery after the 2004 tsunami has some cautionary words for the Philippines as it begins planning reconstruction after Typhoon Haiyan. Hundreds of thousands of homeless survivors will get angry about living in tents well before houses will be ready for them, and inflation will soon make those houses much more expensive to build. AP

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) recently held online exchanges on disaster response with Indonesians who were involved in the recovery efforts in Aceh, Indonesia, after the devastating tsunami there in 2004.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Features,Latest Global Nation Stories,Philippines | Read More »

Swim of hope: 2 Pinoys eye Robben Island feat

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Betsy Medalla’s profile picture in her Facebook account.

Charity knows no bounds for two Filipino athletes who will brave potential shark attacks and frigid temperatures in a swimming event that will largely benefit victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Featured Gallery,Latest Global Nation Stories,Photos & Videos | Read More »

UN enacts int’l treaty allowing child rights abuse cases vs State

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Children whose human rights have been violated can now seek international justice through the United Nations. On Wednesday, the UN General Assembly, enacted an instrument known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure (OP3 CRC) that was adopted in December 2011.

Posted: January 15th, 2014 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

MNLF faction leader Sema seeks permit to travel for Hajj

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MNLF chairman Muslimin Sema. AFP FILE PHOTO

Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chair and former Cotabato City Mayor Muslimin Sema has asked the Sandiganbayan to lift the hold departure order it had issued against him in connection with a graft case so he could travel to Saudi Arabia to perform the Hajj or pilgrimage required of Muslims.

Posted: September 24th, 2013 in Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

Aquino ‘deeply touched’ on meeting Aung San Suu Kyi

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Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speaks at a press conference during the Asian edition of the World Economic Forum at the Myanmar International Convention Center in Naypyitaw on Thursday, June 6, 2013. President Aquino is scheduled to meet with Suu Kyi to share insights on reforms and on how to further encourage growth in their respective countries and the region on Friday, according to Communications Secretary Ricky Carandang.  AP PHOTO/KHIN MAUNG WIN

President Benigno Aquino III said his brief encounter with Burma’s opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi struck in him a deep personal cord.

Posted: June 9th, 2013 in Asia & Pacific,Features,Latest Global Nation Stories | Read More »

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