Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte needs to put his foot down and reaffirm his stance on the bullying and discrimination of his country’s LGBT community, an international rights watchdog said. Despite anti-bullying laws in the Philippines, Human Rights Watch in a report released Thursday said students across the country are still exposed to abuse over their sexual orientation and gender identity. The group said it managed to document a range of abuses against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students in secondary schools. The 68-page report titled ‘Just Let Us Be’: Discrimination Against LGBT Students in the Philippines details widespread bullying and harassment, discriminatory policies and practices against the students in instances that allegedly undermined their right to education under international law.
June 22 / Asian Correspondent