Sylvia Estrada-Claudio discusses the policy of banning "artificial contraceptives" in Manila's public health facilities, in terms of human rights, the rule of law, and the politicization of religion.
Human rights groups call on new mayor to revoke the ban.
Following strong protests from women's and left-wing groups, a US marine has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for raping a local woman in the Philippines last year. About 100 protesters were outside the courthouse for the verdict.

Le mouvement indépendantiste né en 1967 dans certaines régions musulmanes de Mindanao a conduit à l’autonomie des musulmans dans quatre provinces de Mindanao, suite à la promulgation de la Loi organique de 1989 et au référendum tenu en vertu de la Constitution de 1987. En 1996, un accord de paix est signé entre le gouvernement de la République des Philippines (GRP) et le Front de libération nationale Moro (MNLF). Cet accord prévoit, entre autres, un processus d’autonomie dans les régions identifiées dans l’Accord de Tripoli.

The Asia-Japan Women's Resource Center (AJWRC) has launched an international petition campaign for justice for Filipino rape victim by US military forces, since it is one of most serious human rights concerns in East Asia. They request our cooperation in responding to and disseminating this information widely.
Stories from four women who are ethnically, educationally (culturally) and socio-economically apart and varied yet one common thread runs through their tales: these are women metamorphosing from victims to survivors to advocates of peace.
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