In 1986, MAG has established the Philippine Action Concerning Torture (PACT) to extend medical and psychological services especially to torture survivors.
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Forensic Evidence Against Torture (FEAT) Publication by the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT)
MAG shares some of the challenges on torture documentation in the Philippines, as published in the Forensic Evidence Against Torture (FEAT) Publication of the IRCT.
It is true for any context that several preconditions must be in place for the promotion of documentation of torture to have solid impact in torture prevention among them: close collaboration between legal and police professions are on the same track focus on criteria for paradigmatic issue on and strengthening their capacity for effective investigation and prosecution of torture cases in the country. By Christine O. Avendaño Philippine Daily Inquirer
January 24, 2013 PNP and DOJ begin first joint training vs human rights violations Investigators from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and prosecutors from the Department of Justice (DOJ) are undergoing training this week to improve the prosecution of torture cases and strengthen human rights and the rule of law in the Philippines. Shown in photo are (from left): Steph Lysaght, First Secretary at British Embassy; DOJ Undersecretary Francisco Baraan
Press release November 15, 2012 Impunity and insufficient evidence in torture cases against alleged perpetrators are still among the serious impediments to the prevention of torture. Consequently, few complaints are brought forward and few actual prosecutions are made. To help fight torture, the Medical Action Group (MAG), with support from the British Embassy Manila signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Philippine National
Concluding observations on the fourth periodic report of the Philippines, adopted by the Committee at its 106th session, 15 October to 2 November 17. The Committee is concerned at continued allegations of torture and the lack of data on the incidence of torture, particularly on the number of investigations, prosecutions, convictions and sanctions imposed on perpetrators of torture in the State party (art. 7). The State party should take appropriate measures
On 25 October 2012, States parties to the Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture will elect the 12 new members of the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT). 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
06-07-2012 In 1948, humanity marked an important milestone with the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. One of its 30 articles (Article 5) stipulates that no one shall be subjected to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. Since then, there have been a number of other international regulations that have reinforced the legal obligation of states to prevent, prohibit, criminalize and investigate
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