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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




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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

The Medical Action Group, Inc., a health and human rights organization founded in 1982, continuously works to empower vulnerable sectors of society and victims of human rights violations by increasing their capacities to claim for their rights particularly their right to health. 

MAG has a three-year project funded by Misereor International to be implemented in three areas in the Philippines namely NCR, Iligan and Bacolod for the period of 2016 to 2019. The project aims at strengthening the capacity of civil society organizations and marginalized groups to constructively engage in inclusive social health protection policy making and implementation of accountable programs at the local level.

In line with this project, MAG invites highly competent, experienced and committed individuals to fill in the following positions:

Local Focal Person

· Two persons for Iligan

· Two person for Bacolod

· One person for the National Capitol Region

Press release

November 11, 2015

Medical doctors presses for right to rehabilitation of victims of torture

Around eighty (80) medical doctors across the country gathered today in the Scientific Conference on the Management and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims on November 11-12, 2015 at the Ciudad Christia Resort, in San Mateo, Rizal.

The conference also entitled, Mainstreaming Human Rights in Health Care, is being organized by the Medical Action Group (MAG) and the Department of Health (DOH). This will highlight current initiatives being implemented in the Philippines to promote right to rehabilitation of torture victims (survivors).

Attending the conference are city and municipal health officers who has an essential role in preventing torture by effective medical documentation of torture cases and they are among the first persons to come into contact with a torture victim or survivor after alleged torture incident.

“There is a need to raise awareness and level of knowledge of doctors in government service on Republic Act No. 9745 otherwise known as the Anti-Torture Law The law details what constitute torture and ill treatment, the doctors’ legal obligations specifically the documentation and medical reporting of alleged victims of torture or ill treatment, and the mechanics of effective referral among agencies concerned in the daunting task of holistic rehabilitation,” said Dr. Criselda G. Abesamis, Director IV, DOH Health Facility Development Bureau.