MAG has joined the mobilization with other progressive groups and organizations in Metro Manila on July 2019 to campaign for the promotion and observance of human rights in all of the government policies and programs, and asserting Philippine sovereignty. This is still a response to the rampant and continuous disrespect of the government to human rights principles and inaction to respond to the violations. As with the previous SONA, the
MAG has participated in the organized Metro Manila mobilizations every week (during Fridays, for 6 weeks of July to August 2019), of the PAHRA-IDEFEND in which each week has an assigned theme that relates to the positive support given by the UNHCR by releasing a ruling that requests an investigation on the EJKs happening in he Philippines.
The Medical Action Group (MAG) hosted a training offering the necessary knowledge and skills for health and legal professionals as well as civil society organizations on the subjects of forensic investigation and medico-legal procedures and protocols. The training, titled “Training on Forensic Investigation for Human Rights Violations”, was held on January 15-16, 2019. This training included: overview of the legal framework (in the point of view of human rights investigation);
The Medical Action Group facilitated a workshop titled, “Ensuring Access to Health of Victims of Human RIghts Violations in the Primary Healthcare Settings”, and was held December 3-4, 2018 in Manila City. The purpose of the workshop was to develop guidelines on recognizing and identifying cases of human rights violations in all levels of care. Workshop participants represented a broad array of health professionals, including municipal health officers, rural health
Civil society organizations have been trained to effectively document human rights violations and to contribute in gathering evidence for objective investigation. This increased their understanding on their roles and contribution to strengthen the enforcement of rule of law. The training was conducted in Quezon City, Pampanga, and Cebu City.The training started with Dr. Raquel Fortun, a forensic pathologist, on proper documentation for case buildup. After that, Vincent Go, a news
In an effort to promote accountability for human rights violations, the Medical Action Group (MAG) conducted a two-day capacity building to medical doctors to strengthen their documentation and investigation practices. The training entitled, “UNCOVERING THE BODY OF EVIDENCE: A Physicians’ Training for Medico Legal Documentation”, was held on October 4-5, 2018. Training participants are mainly municipal health officers, who serve as public doctors in their areas. The training comprised of:
As part of its continuous advocacy on torture prevention, MAG launches a three-year project, “Heal not Harm: Preventing Torture in the Philippine Health Care Setting”, which aims to disseminate information, document, and identify areas of torture and illegal detention in the Philippine health care setting.
MAG, together with the IRCT, has been continuously working to fight impunity in the Philippines by strengthening civil society and health sector partnerships to implement the Anti-Torture Act and to provide rehabilitation and documentation services to victims.
European Union (EU) Delegation to the Philippines’ First Secretary Jerome Riviere (fourth from left, standing) and Mr. Margarito Raynera, Jr., Programme Officer (first from right, standing), meets with members of the Medical Action Group (MAG), Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), Veronica Cabe (seated, center) of Coal Free Bataan Movement (CFBM) and, relatives and support groups of slain human rights defender Gloria Capitan https://www.fidh.org/en/issues/human-rights-defenders/the-philippines-assassination-of-ms-gloria-capitan of Samahan ng Nagkakaisang
DKA Austria #Orthman Superhero (video) campaign ÖRTHMAN on COP21 in Paris. It is part of the international campaign “Change for the Planet – Care for the People” of the international alliance of Catholic development agencies CIDSE: http://www.cidse.org/rethinking-development/change-for-the-planet-care-for-the-people.html The story: We have invented an Austrian super hero: ÖRTHMAN (Earthman – the spelling follows the German pronunciation; “Ö” also connotes “Österreich”/Austria and “Ökologie”/Ecology) has saved the planet from doom by fighting his evil