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For the fifth time in a row, the Philippines ranks among the 10 worst countries for workers.

Per the 2021 Global Rights Index of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC), the Philippines scored terribly for violating various labor rights and standards. These include the right to strike, right to form a labor union, and freedom of speech.

For this year, the Philippines remained on the list for three key violations: violence and murders, arbitrary arrests, and state repression.

The report noted instances of trade unionists being red-tagged by the Duterte administration. The report stated that between March 2020 and April 2021, twenty-eight union representatives were detained without due process, and seven union leaders were killed.

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The report also mentioned the Anti-Terrorism Act as a violation to right to justice. The act allows the president to arrest a designated terrorist without a warrant.

The other countries included in the worst ten include Bangladesh, Turkey, Zimbabwe, and India.

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