MANILA, Philippines – A Filipino doctor was elected to serve as one of the 12 new members of the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (SPT) for a term of four years.
Dr. June Pagaduan-Lopez was elected Thursday at the United Nations Office at Geneva, Switzerland.
As member of the UN subcommittee, she will serve as expert in monitoring detention conditions in more than 60 countries worldwide.
“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. Pagaduan-Lopez said.
Dr. Pagaduan-Lopez is a professor at the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine of the University of the Philippines in Manila.
The Medical Action Group (MAG), whose founders include Dr. Pagaduan-Lopez, vouched for the Pinay doctor.
The IRCT is delighted to note that four of the candidates have a long standing working relationship with the IRCT and extensive experience with torture prevention, rehabilitation and fighting impunity.
The Candidates are Christian Pross, Suzanne Jabbour, June Lopez and Victor Madrigal-Borloz.
The IRCT has worked closely with all four candidates over many years and we are well aware of their capabilities and outstanding commitment to the prevention of torture. We therefore take this opportunity to warmly endorse their candidature.
Below, you will find a short introduction to each of the candidates.
The Alternative Report jointly prepared and submitted by the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), the Medical Action Group (MAG) and the Balay Rehabilitation Center to the UN Human Rights Committee, 106th Session (October 15-November 2, 2012) for the Philippines Fourth Periodic Report on the CCPR.
We, the undersigned, have been designated by the Board of Trustees (BOT) , as members of the Electoral Committee who will coordinate, take charge and ensure the whole process of the 2012-2014 BOT election on Saturday, October 13 2012.
May we remind you to please pay your membership dues prior to the conduct of the General Assembly, as this will mean member's right to vote so your chosen candidate for the BOT will be counted during the election.
August 6, 2012
To my fellow MAG members,
This is in line with our upcoming 20th General Assembly and 30th Anniversary Celebration on October 13, 2012. The time and venue will be announced soon.
Highlights of the 20th GA will be the accomplishment report from the Chairperson and the Treasurer’s report; the adoption and approval of the 2-year organizational plan and the election of new set of Board of Trustees for 2012-2014.
Particular for the election of the new set of officers, we have designated the following members as the electoral committee:
1. Dr. Emilia Palencia Aquino as the committee Chair
2. Dr. Aurora A. Parong, Member
3. Dr. Yvonne Eligado-Entico, Member
They will be informing you soon of the important dates to consider in our upcoming General Assembly.
Your presence and active participation in our upcoming General Assembly and Anniversary celebration will further strengthen our commitment towards attaining our organization’s vision of Health and Human Rights for All.
Thank you very much.
Petronilo Lenin Pascual, M.D.
Medical Action Group, Inc.