Opinion & Analysis

Int’l Rights Group to Aquino: Probe Mistreatment of Detainees

“Aquino should promptly order a criminal investigation into the allegations of torture and ill-treatment in military custody.” – Human Rights Watch By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – While New York-based Human Rights Watch lauded the order of President Benigno S. Aquino III to withdraw the charges against the 43 health workers, the group also 

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Free all political prisoners!

Pundits, activists and civil libertarians alike are still speculating on what actually led to last week’s order by President Aquino, auspiciously announced on Human Rights Day, for the Justice Department to withdraw all charges against the Morong 43, a move expected to lead to the court’s ordering their immediate release from prison. Mr. Aquino had 

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The Presidency, a Changing of Guards

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat.com After suffering for nine years under the administration of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the Filipino people went out en masse to trash her candidates and reject what she represents when they voted last May 2010. When the result of the May 2010 elections was announced, a collective sigh of relief was 

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NOTEBOOK: Interesting quotes, interesting times

First things first. Happy Holidays to all. (The more generic version of Merry Christmas.) To all our readers, advertisers, friends, (whether true, scarcely available, long-lost or there when they need you), family and relatives (of course, also here and everywhere, long-lost, forgotten or unforgiving), and enemies (mortal, impossible and sworn or forgettable). I mention all 

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Human Smuggling and Caregivers

After surviving weeks trapped in a 40-foot shipping container with other victims of human trafficking, people will be confined in Canadian detention facilities for a year without any review, if a proposed law passes. Bill C-49 will punish future victims of human smugglers, but right now, Canadian immigration practices already punish and deport caregivers who 

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IMMIGRATION: Pregnant sponsor likely to see partner removed from Canada

Q: I’m a Canadian and engaged to a Jamaican who I met 3 years ago. His work permit expired one year ago. His application to extend his status as a visitor was denied in April. He was then told that he can apply for a pre-removal risk assessment and is still in Canada waiting on 

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The Imperative of Justice

From the time of his inauguration up to the present, President Benigno Aquino III has not made any policy statement or measure that would push for human rights. It is as if human rights and civil liberties were not under attack during the previous administration. By BENJIE OLIVEROS Analysis Bulatlat.com The dispensation of justice and 

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Education blues

The adage that Filipino families put top priority on education – after basic needs such as food, clothing and shelter – is often held up as an example of traditional values that we can be proud of as a people and that holds us in good stead in our endeavors, nay struggles, to achieve a 

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LETTER FROM TORONTO: The Problem with Public Opinion Polls

Remember the 1980 movie, “The Gods Must Be Crazy?” A Sho native in the Kalahari Desert found a Coke bottle, his very first encounter with technology, and decided to return it to God because his people started fighting over it when he brought it home in his village. (Read story…)

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IMMIGRATION: Lifting of visas on Taiwanese good move for Canada

Last week, Canada’s immigration minister, Jason Kenney, announced that travellers from Taiwan will no longer need visitor’s visas to travel to Canada. How does our immigration department decide which countries will be exempted from our visa requirements and which won’t? First, there are the objective immigration criteria. In the case of Taiwan, Citizenship and Immigration 

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