February 2019

February 2019 Newsletter

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Towards serving justice for the Phillipine Drug War’s dead

Author: Paoloregel Samonte

“Jail him, but please don’t kill him,” was Teresa’s (fictional name) plea to their village chairman when she surrendered Danilo Dacillio to their hands. The chairman reassured that her 36-year old nephew would be alright.

A few days later, however, Danilo was brought by the police to a sidecar—his face covered with cloth, his hands in shackles—and was shot to death in a murky street in Tondo, Manila.
Teresa had just unknowingly delivered her beloved nephew to his killers. Read More



Corporations and Mass Exploitation: Where does Corporate Responsibility fit in?

Author: Femke Laauwen

The increased prominence of human rights in a range of discourses has led to a shift from these rights being discussed solely in political and academic circles to them experiencing more and more importance in the corporate realm. The emergence of corporate social responsibility can be observed as the clear manifestation of this shift towards a broader diameter of discourses surrounding human rights. This gives rise to a variety of new questions we need to ask. Does this have an impact on the prevalence of human rights violations? Do corporations really have a responsibility to impact human rights in the states within which they operate?  Read More


Chhaupadai and women: Tradition vs. Reality – Women and menstruation in Nepal

Author: Anuska Joshi

For a process as natural as menstruation, women in some rural areas in Nepal are still losing their lives today, not because of health complications but because of a timeless tradition that shuns them as ‘impure’ and requires them to segregate themselves and live in a “Period Hut” during the entirety of their menstruation. This is the tradition called ‘Chhaupadi’. The ‘Period Hut’ is usually a shack or a shed like dwelling, and cattle sheds are often used for this purpose. The prevalence of this practice is usually reported in the western part of Nepal. The houses have at least one such hut, where the girl is required to stay when she has her periods. Read More


Long lasting peace includes nature

Author: Maria Alejandra Aguilar

In the front line of armed conflicts, human rights violations often coalesce with the destruction of nature, a silent victim. Air, water and soil are polluted, and wilderness is disrupted as different scenarios of war are more likely to take stage in rural areas, non-excluding urban terrorism, as is a common modality, but many internal conflicts have been confined to places far from the controlled urban centers. Read More