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Human rights groups to P-Noy: Now Not Later is the Time to Act on Human Rights
On Torture
Tuesday, 09 August 2011 14:56

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Human rights violations are spreading out from Central Luzon to Basilan, where cases of torture and extrajudicial killings have begun to pile up, President Benigno S. Aquino III should now act and take concrete steps to resolve the human rights violations attributed to state security forces in pursuance of internal security policies, and to free all political prisoners unconditionally, human rights groups and non-government organizations said.

“But with no clear-cut national human rights agenda, P-Noy has been contented in being a passive spectator, leaving the victims of human rights violations and their relatives on their own. This can only serve to throw the spotlight that P-Noy can be nearly exact in the same position as GMA if he chooses rhetoric over concrete actions on human rights,”Max M. de Mesa, Chairperson, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) said.

If we all have to go by to measure the effects of “matuwid na daan” is periodic boasting by P-Noy that “war on corruption is gaining ground” and peace effort is on the right track. We would like to know how. We do not see how the military’s so-called “paradigm shift” can pull this off, the human rights groups said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 09 August 2011 15:02
 
Human Rights Group Responds to Police and Military Challenge on the Issue of Torture
On Torture
Friday, 01 July 2011 13:39

PRESS STATEMENT

June 29, 2011

The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) welcomes the challenge posed by Police Superintendent Antonio Rivera and Philippine Army 10th Infantry Division Chief Major General Jorge V. Segovia on the issue of torture.  TFDP views Rivera’s statement that “…as far as the PNP is concern bawal ang torture sa amo pati sa military especially we have the Anti-Torture Law” as a positive sign that the state authorities are aware that torture should never be used.

It is unfortunate, however, that this recognition from the police and the military is far from what is actually being practiced among their ranks.

The video that came out last year of how a robbery suspect was allegedly being tortured by Sr. Inspector Joselito Binayug now comes to mind.

Last Updated on Friday, 01 July 2011 13:55
 
TFDP condemns authorities for the continued use of torture
On Torture
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 17:19
Press Release
June 24, 2011

In line with the 14th year of commemoration of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) calls on the authorities to stop the continued use of torture. We join the victims and their families in their quest for justice for the violation they have suffered at the hands of the supposed protectors of human rights.

As per TFDP documentation for the period of 1986 up to April 2011, there have been 1,122 cases of torture involving 4,839 individuals as victims. After the enactment of the Anti-Torture Law, 42 cases involving 64 victims have been documented. In Mindanao alone, from January to December 2010, there were 9 cases involving 14 victims.

Some of the alleged torture perpetrators are members of the Philippine Army, the Philippine National Police and the intelligence group. Unfortunately, the perpetrators were not identified by the victims since they were blindfolded during the ordeal.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 29 June 2011 17:32
 
Lack of P-Noy’s explicit policy on human rights opens doors for violations on the ground
On Torture
Thursday, 23 June 2011 19:08
In commemoration of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) reiterates its call to President Benigno Simeon Aquino III to combat torture and other forms of human rights violations.

 

There is a need for P-Noy to explicitly declare that he is waging war against human rights violations in the same way that he promised to fight corruption during his campaign for presidency.  Situations on the ground demand a stricter and more serious order from the leadership to its personnel to give the highest respect for human rights.

P-Noy should consider that human rights violations are also rooted from poverty.  The eradication of human rights violations may even be more important than the fight against corruption.

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 June 2011 19:11
 
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