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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#RememberML@40!

  • April 20, 2012

MEDIA ADVISORY April 20, 2012 #RememberML@40! Join us this Saturday (April 21, 2012) @ 7a.m. – 10a.m. U.P. Diliman – Sunken Garden PAHRA (Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates), families of Martial Law victims and other Human Rights Defenders will gather to Inform, Inspire and to Remember Martial Law 40 years after it was first declared on September 21, 1972 by the ousted Ferdinand Marcos. This activity is a continuation of our

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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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The importance of the OPCAT and the role of doctors and other health professionals in preventative visits

  • February 16, 2011

The Medical Action Group (MAG) is a health and human rights organizations which envisions a society where fundamental human rights are upheld at protected at all times in accordance with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). MAG is a member of the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC)-Philippines. The right to reparation for victims of a wrongful act is a well-established principle of international law. This obligation also applies in respect to international human

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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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Group urges govt to declare policy vs all acts of torture

  • August 23, 2010

While it welcomes Malacañang’s order for a speedy probe into the torture row, a human rights group on Saturday called on the Aquino administration to announce a policy of “total elimination” of all acts of torture. At a press conference in Quezon City, the Medical Action Group (MAG), a health organization working for the promotion and defense of health and human rights, made the call noting there are indications of

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Health group calls for justice to the torture victims; urges P-Noy to safeguard human rights by full implementation of RA 9745

  • August 18, 2010

Press Release August 18, 2010 The Medical Action Group, Inc. (MAG) condemns the inhuman act and degrading punishment recently conducted by a person in authority allegedly a police chief in Manila. This merciless act is just an example on how our government allows torture as a systematic policy in interrogation and punishment. The alleged torture victim was accused of robbery. According to ABS-CBN News, a video was captured by a

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