Human rights groups call on the government to adopt the recommendation on absolute prohibition of torture

  • May 31, 2012

Press release June 1, 2012 Human rights groups call on the government to adopt the recommendation on absolute prohibition of torture The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Philippines at the United Nations Human Rights Council last May 29, 2012 resonated with civil society issues regarding among others the absolute prohibition of torture. “A number of human rights violations, including against the freedom from torture was highlighted during the session,

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Recommendations by UN will make real difference to Philippine victims of torture, IRCT says

  • May 30, 2012

30-05-2012 Torture in the Philippines was among the primary focuses of the United Nations Human Rights Council during the country’s Universal Periodic Review yesterday. More than 15 states focused on torture in their recommendations to improve human rights in the Philippines. These recommendations include: that the Government of the Philippines effectively implements the 2009 Anti-Torture Act, with a particular focus on ensuring that all investigations and prosecutions of allegations of

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Asian Regional Conference on Enhancing Capacity of Rehabilitation Center and Civil Society in Access to Justice of Victims in Torture

  • November 19, 2011

Introduction The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) invites nominations for participation and call for conference papers in the Asian Regional Conference on enhancing the capacity of rehabilitation centers and civil society in accessing justice for the victims of torture to be held in Manila, Philippines from 22-24 November 2011. The theme of the conference is “Access to Justice of Victims of Torture in Rehabilitation.” The Asian Regional Conference

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The London Declaration On Poverty and Torture

  • November 11, 2011

We, the undersigned, Council Members of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT), representing health professionals and other relevant professionals who provide multidisciplinary rehabilitation for victims and survivors of torture throughout the world, gathered at the Annual Council Meeting in London, United Kingdom, 9 and 10 November 2011, are alarmed by the level of violence, including torture, that currently occurs in all regions of the world and specially in

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  • August 1, 2011

Human Rights group condemns, urges government to probe tortures in Basilan, Sulu We, members of the Mindanao Anti-Torture Alliance (MATA), a regional anti-torture and human rights group are urging the government specifically the Philippine military and the Commission on Human Rights to conduct an urgent probe on the alleged cases of torture in Basilan and Sulu provinces perpetrated by members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. At the same

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Medical doctors can help to stop torture

  • June 26, 2011

Press release June 26, 2011 Medical doctors can help to stop torture This June 26, the Medical Action Group (MAG) and its members composed of medical doctors and health professionals are one with the world in commemoration of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. “Even though torture is a crime, torture persists as deep-rooted practice in the country. And majority of the perpetrators go unpunished and most

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CHR files torture case vs. North Cotabato cops

  • May 9, 2011

  Here’s the link to the video clip:   30 April 2011 By FERDINANDH CABRERA MindaNews and VERA Files COTABATO CITY—The Commission on Human Rights’ Central Mindanao regional office has filed a torture case against a police superintendent and his subordinates after it concluded that they mishandled two suspects in the October 2010 bus bombing in Matalam, North Cotabato. The CHR Region 12 office said it is convinced that Supt.

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Rights group: RP ‘nothing’ to report on prevention of torture

  • September 10, 2010

A human rights group said the Philippine government might be able to submit to a United Nations body a “near-empty” report card on the progress of its compliance with an agreement against torture and other inhuman acts. “We have seen that not much progress can be reported with regards to the compliance of the Philippine government with the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment,” the

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Group presses for prosecution of cops in torture mess

  • August 28, 2010

An anti-torture advocate group is calling for the prosecution of suspects in the torture of an alleged thief in a police precinct in Manila’s Tondo district. The United Against Torture Coalition (UATC)-Philippines made the call after the main suspect Senior Inspector Joselito Binayug denied during last Thursday’s Senate hearing he was thepolice officer shown in a cell phone video torturing an alleged robbery suspect inside the Asuncion police precinct. In a statement,

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More than inquiry must be done, prosecute Binayug and punish all torturers

  • August 27, 2010

PRESS RELEASE August 27, 2010 This is the call of the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC)-Philippines on the denial of Senior Inspector Joselito Binayug during a Senate hearing that he was the police officer shown in a video torturing an alleged robbery suspect in a police precinct in Asuncion, Tondo. The coalition said “while we laud the Senate inquiry on Binayug, we need more than an inquiry”. Edeliza P. Hernandez,

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