Fighting systemic impunity in the Philippines through rehabilitation and documentation

"The Philippines has been plagued for decades by systemic impunity, evidenced by the current widespread practice of torture and extrajudicial executions in the country. Although in 2009, the country enacted a comprehensive Anti-Torture Act, which established a strong framework for the rehabilitation of torture victims and the documentation of their torture experience, these provisions of the Act have not been implemented. Together with MAG, the IRCT has worked to fight impunity by strengthening civil society and health sector partnerships to implement the Anti-Torture Act and to provide rehabilitation and documentation services to victims."


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Forensic Experts from the IRCT with the participants of the three-day training on Istanbul Protocol

Last Updated on Friday, 04 November 2016 15:44
Dr. June Lopez reelected to Anti-Torture Treaty Body

The Medical Action Group (MAG), of which Dr. Pagaduan-Lopez a member and former head of its program, Philippine Action Concerning Torture (PACT), welcomed her reelection, saying "this will considerably strengthen the mandate of the SPT in torture prevention particularly in the field of mental health rehabilitation of torture survivors and their families."

Dr. June Caridad Pagaduan-Lopez


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Last Updated on Thursday, 03 November 2016 10:10
UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Concluding Observations on the combined 5th and 6th periodic reports of the Philippines

The Committee urges the State to stop and prevent extrajudicial killings and any form of violence against drug users; to promptly and thoroughly investigate all reported cases and punish the perpetrators with sanctions commensurate with the gravity of the crime; and to take all necessary measures to ensure that the fight against drug trafficking does not have a discriminatory impact on the poor and marginalized. The Committee also recommends that the State party reconsider the criminalization of drug users; adopt a right-to-health approach to drug abuse with harm reduction strategies, such as syringe exchange programs; and increase the availability of treatment services that are evidence-based and respectful of the rights of drug users.

You can view the resource material through this link: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=20664&LangID=E
Last Updated on Saturday, 15 October 2016 19:11
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