The Friedrich Naumann Foundation promotes democracy, human rights, economic freedom, and curbing climate change. FNF Philippines focuses on open and digital society, as well as a social market economy. It is also involved in the creation of innovative tools. FNF Philippines team works with local organization partners such as Center for Liberalism and Democracy, Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, Rappler, Philippine Economic Society, and Impact Leadership. Should you have questions or suggestions about our work, please contact us. You can also meet our team here.
Court of Tax Appeals Acquits Rappler and Maria Ressa
The Philippine Court of Tax Appeals has acquitted the Filipino online news website and its president of charges filed over four years ago. The verdict marks a victory for press freedom and fair business standards under the rule of law. “It feels like the world is slowly turning right side up” Ressa stated as the independent news website reasserts their mission never to yield from instruments of intimidation and to continue holding truth to power.
Global Europe – Global Expectations
Today, we are experiencing that the European Union and its model of democratic societies are losing their worldwide popularity. The growing global influence of actors with values, political systems, and worldviews that are diametrically opposing to those of the EU, as well as the renaissance of geopolitical blocs (as evidenced by the abstention of some states in the UN in condemning Russia's war of aggression), further reinforce this trend. In the new era of geopolitics, characterized by strategic rivalry between authoritarian states on the one hand and liberal democracies on the other, these are alarming signs. In order to prevail against authoritarian regimes, the liberal model of EU democratic societies must regain its attractiveness in the world.
Maria Ressa Launches Her Book “How To Stand Up To A Dictator” in the Philippines
In honor of the International Human Rights Day, Nobel laureate and Rappler CEO, Maria Ressa avowed the crucial role of journalists as defenders of democracy at the Philippine launch of her book "How To Stand Up To A Dictator".
DAKILA receives the 2022 Human Rights Tulip Award
Recognizing the courage in their fight for a socially conscious society, the Embassy of the Netherlands presents DAKILA with the 2022 Human Rights Tulip Award to help continue their movement for modern heroism and expand their human rights efforts.
Rights Out Loud – The Cultural Center of the Philippines Celebrates Human Rights Day with a Special Film Screening
Attended by more than 70 university students, media practitioners, young professionals, and members from different human rights organizations, the Cultural Center of the Philippines celebrated the International Human Rights Day with a film screening and talkback discussion of three human rights films.
IAF 2023 Program List
The International Academy for Leadership (IAF) is now accepting applicants for the 2023 batch of seminars. The programs are designed to build the capacities of interested individuals in international and political dialogue. The FNF Philippine office nominates and sends local applicants to the IAF Academy in Gummersbach, as well as other German and European venues where these seminars are held.
Human Rights Defenders 2022
Human rights lawyers will always be at the forefront of the struggle for fundamental and human rights under the rule of law. Lawyers are the most important profession for denouncing human rights violations and defending human rights. This makes it all the more important to consider them as human rights defenders and to support them in their work against governments that are hostile to freedom and have contempt for human rights. In interviews, Human Rights Defenders report on their work and their courageous fight against governments that are hostile to freedom and despise human rights. With a foreword by Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger and an outlook by Gerhart Baum.