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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Compendium of Health Laws And Commentaries

  • September 2, 2009

A 2005 Compendium of Health Laws and Commentaries on the existence of measures (through health policies and programs) that respect, protect, and uphold the right to health of all Filipinos.

An exploratory study on the state of patients rights among urban poor residents in Metro Manila

  • September 2, 2009

The promotion of patients’ rights has been a growing concern of international organizations like the World Health Organization (WHO), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), and local non-government and people’s organizations in the Philippines. This concern has been triggered by two things: the paradigmatic shift in viewing health as a human right and the increasing cases of violations of patients’ rights committed by health professionals and workers, particularly in Third World countries.

Medicines priced within the Filipinos reach

  • August 12, 2008

After years of waiting for the passage of the much-contended legislation, the debacle over the Cheaper Medicines Bill hounds the public even after its celebrated passage in June of 2008. More than a roller coaster ride To say that the campaign to pass the Cheaper Medicines Bill was difficult is a complete understatement. The legislation with its noble purpose to ensure affordable medicines to Filipinos had gone through various controversies

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Bukidnon Provincial Hospital Violates Patients’ Rights

  • August 22, 2007

In spite of the recent enactment of RA 9439 or the Hospital Detention Law, patients are still being detained in the Bukidnon Provincial Hospital in Maramag for failure to settle their Hospital bills. Resembling an unsanitized evacuation area, 18 patients lay in makeshift carton mats in the hospital’s abandoned out-patient department. A newly born baby who was previously diagnosed with Pneumonia, was again afflicted by the said disease due to

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