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Satur C. Ocampo
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Military hubris at play in envi activists’ case
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 24, 2024 - 12:00am
They’re still at it. Intent on getting even with the two young women who had publicly exposed their lies, militarists in the armed forces are now questioning why the Supreme Court has ordered their protec...
Democracy isn’t making much progress globally
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 17, 2024 - 12:00am
Three years after the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to a rollback of freedoms across the globe, the results of a 2023 study point to a “continuing democratic malaise and lack of forward momentum.”
What’s gov’t’s next move on peace talks resumption?
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 10, 2024 - 12:00am
At the start of December 2023, I wrote in this space that “an atmosphere of optimism pervaded the nation.” It was spurred by the joint announcement by the government and the National Democratic Front...
Red-tagging hobbles free expression and opinion
by Satur C. Ocampo - February 3, 2024 - 12:00am
Freedom of expression and opinion in the Philippines is seriously hampered by the practice of red-tagging, according to Irene Khan, United Nations Special Rapporteur, who wound up a 10-day official visit to the Philippines...
Killing of journalists as war crime in Gaza
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 27, 2024 - 12:00am
Yesterday the International Court of Justice, the United Nations’ highest tribunal that adjudicates cases between nations, was expected to issue an interim ruling or provisional measures on the genocide claim...
Call to tax the very richest arises from their own ranks
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 20, 2024 - 12:00am
The combined wealth of the world’s very richest dipped by $500 billion in 2023, to $12.2 trillion from $12.7 trillion in March 2022, according to Forbes, whose list of 2,668 billionaires in 2022 also dipped...
South Africa slams Israel at ICJ for genocidal acts
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 13, 2024 - 12:00am
“Genocides are never declared in advance but this court has the benefit of the past 13 weeks of evidence that shows, incontrovertibly, a pattern of conduct and related intention that justifies a plausible claim...
South Africa takes Israel to ICJ on ‘genocide intent’
by Satur C. Ocampo - January 6, 2024 - 12:00am
Israel’s unrelenting, devastating attacks on the Gaza Strip in its war against Hamas has spurred South Africa to formally raise the issue of potential genocide before the International Court of Justice.
In 2024, current wars are seen to intensify
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 30, 2023 - 12:00am
By all indications, the coming year will see the continuation and even intensification of devastating wars in the world.
In Christ’s birthplace existential war rages
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 23, 2023 - 12:00am
What a sad Christmas season this is for the peace-loving peoples of the world.
Is peace adviser spoiling the resumption of talks?
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 16, 2023 - 12:00am
This is the third piece in a row I’ve written about perceivable hindrances to the smooth resumption of formal peace negotiations between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines....
Gov’t on new peace talks: neither here nor there?
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 9, 2023 - 12:00am
Not surprising at all, Vice President Sara Duterte early this week assailed the agreement between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines to return to peace negotiations.
Gov’t must act to remove hindrances to peace talks
by Satur C. Ocampo - December 2, 2023 - 12:00am
Understandably, an atmosphere of optimism pervades the nation this week over an agreement reached by the Philippine government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) to return to peace negotiations,...
Cooperating with ICC is a correct and just step
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 25, 2023 - 12:00am
Yesterday’s Philippine STAR front-page headline says: “Remulla to ask Palace if Phl is rejoining ICC.”
Repeal Anti-Terror Law, abolish the NTF-ELCAC
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 18, 2023 - 12:00am
This was the top-of-mind step that Ian Fry, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change, urged the Philippine government to take as he wound...
Defenders urge UN action on IP, environment woes
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 11, 2023 - 12:00am
Currently on a 10-day official visit to the country, from Nov. 6 to 15, is the first United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Context of Climate Change.
A powerful indictment of Israel’s war vs Palestine
by Satur C. Ocampo - November 4, 2023 - 12:00am
As Israel continues its deadly attacks on Gaza, with civilian deaths nearing 9,000, mostly children and women in over 11,000 targets, the United Nations top human rights body has warned that the “disproportionate...
At UN and Vatican, women push for leadership roles
by Satur C. Ocampo - October 7, 2023 - 12:00am
At two world institutions, the United Nations and the Vatican, despite obstacles, momentous changes are on the way: changes that would ensure women equal rights with men to be elected heads of their policy-making...
Initial gains vs red-tagging and confidential funds
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 30, 2023 - 12:00am
The month of September, for the country’s beleaguered human rights defenders, has seen a few modest successes in their fight against political repression.
51 years of impunity: legacy of martial law
by Satur C. Ocampo - September 23, 2023 - 12:00am
In Latin America, after the downfall of the military dictatorships, popular demands impelled liberal or progressive heads of government to exact accountability from the military generals and lower officers responsible...
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