The mood of this year's progressive social movement-led rally on President Duterte's second State of the Nation's Address was completely different from that of last year's which was marked by optimism; this year it was a protest against Duterte's failed promises.
Duterte should immediately stop the killings and withdraw repressive State policies which perpetrate violations and constrict any certainty of punishment for the violators. Ultimately, he must address the deteriorating human rights and people's rights situation in the country - Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights
12 health activist from all over Europe gathered in Lokeren (Belgium) for TWHA's first summer school form 7-9 July. They discussed health as a social product and found out what role they can play to reach better access to health care for everyone.
"The military operation conducted in Marawi and Maguindanao openly announced by government to be an operation against the small Maute and other terrorist groups that they claimed to be affiliated with the ISIS, can be characterized as an overkill" - from the report of the National Interfaith Humanitarian Mission
The progressive social movement continues to oppose President Duterte's declaration of martial law in Mindanao as it vowed to stage massive protests amidst the threat of extending the military rule to the entire country
The World Health Organization has a new leader: as the first African ever, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, will be the new Director-General of the UN-organization. Promising words have been said. Aletha Wallace, G3W-volunteer, was present in Geneva during the election, and gives an analysis from a civil society perspective.