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MAG envisions a society where fundamental human rights are upheld and protected at all times in accordance with the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights


This Joint Civil Society Report on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment in the Philippines, submitted by the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC)- Philippines to the UN Committee against Torture (CAT) for its consideration during its deliberation of the report of the Government of the Philippines in its 57th Session on April 18- May 13, 2016.

The Medical Action Group (MAG) as member of the UATC- Philippines, with guidance and support from the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), contributed to the preparation and submission of the report.

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Press release

February 24, 2016

“Make Human Rights the core of your governance.”- HR groups challenge candidates

Human rights groups today challenged all candidates in the 2016 national and local elections to support the Human Rights Agenda as their electoral platform.

Gathering in the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, Quezon City, at a media forum in celebration of the 30th anniversary of EDSA, entitled “Human Rights from Aquino to Aquino: EDSA @30: A Civil Society Assessment of Gains, Reverses and Challenges”, about one hundred (100) human rights defenders led by the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) has launched the Human Rights Agenda 2016 in the lead up to the May 2016 elections.

“The Human Rights Agenda will be brought to the attention of all candidates and political parties in this coming May elections. This agenda also presupposes a range of human rights violations in the different branches of government that must be addressed in developing a National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) for the next administration,” Max de Mesa, PAHRA Chairperson said. “Furthermore,” he stressed, “we must progressively struggle for greater freedoms and fuller enjoyment of our rights.”

The changing landscape offers a significant opportunity for ensuring protection and promotion of human rights in the agenda of the next administration.



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30th EDSA Anniversary #EDSA30


“Human Rights from Aquino to Aquino”


EDSA@30: A Civil Society Assessment of Gains, Reverses and Challenges

Human Rights Agenda 2016 for Election and Beyond

February 24, 2016 (Wednesday)

9:00AM Forum and 11:00AM Press Conference

University of the Philippines, College of Law, Malcolm Hall

Diliman, Quezon City


The Medical Action Group (MAG) in its activities continuously made efforts to work with the UN system  with a mandate to protect human rights defenders through continuous communication and joint submission of reports to relevant stakeholders. The submission is part of the "Use of Evidence Based Approach to Human Rights Documentation and Monitoring for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and their Families, and in the Fight Against Impunity" project in partnership with the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) with support of the European Union (EU).

Information from Civil Society Organizations, the joint submission report of the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) with various Philippine CSOs to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) Pre-Sessional Working Group (and List of Issues) for the Philippines, on the situation of human rights defenders working on economic, social and cultural rights in the Philippines.

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January 13, 2016

(PHILIPPINES) Frustrated Murder of Human Rights Defender

ISSUES: Assertion to right to land of indigenous people


Dear friends,

The Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is forwarding to you an appeal regarding the frustrated killing of an agrarian reform beneficiary.

If you wish to make any inquiries please contact the Research, Documentation and Information Program of TFDP, kindly send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Title:                          Ampudi Frustrated Killing
Case:                         Frustrated Killing
Victim:                       Nestorio Sulatan Ampudi, 37 years old
Date of Incident:         January 9, 2016; 11:30 A.M. 
Place of Incident:        P-8, Barangay Calao Calao, Don Carlos, Bukidnon
Perpetrators:              Jun Jun Lirasan, security guard of Levelita Balarote Zambrano
Motive:                      in relation to assertion of right to land; violation of rights to life and security of person