RA 9745 Update:
On Torture
Monday, 21 June 2010 12:55

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Drafting of the Implementing Rules and Regulations for the Anti-Torture Law Begins

After the passage of Republic Act 9745, the law penalizing acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, last November of 2009, the next step for the Philippine government is to draft the law’s Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).  The IRR will serve as the guidelines for the effective implementation of the law.

The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are tasked by the law to facilitate the drafting and formulation of the IRR.

Civil society organizations under the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC) and Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) drafted its own proposed IRR that was submitted to CHRP for consideration.  

CHRP and DOJ will be holding a series of consultations nationwide for the drafting of the IRR starting July 1, 2010 in the National Capital Region (NCR).

Torture Update: Number of Victims of Torture Increases

December 1, 2009

Four (4) indigenous peoples belonging to the Dumagat tribe were added to the list of illegally arrested and tortured.  Aside from the fact that the incident took place during the Human Rights Week celebration, it was barely a month since the enactment of the Anti-Torture law.

February 2010

Forty three (43) health workers, now known as the Morong 43, were illegally arrested and allegedly tortured.

March 12, 2010

TFDP documented the case of illegal arrest and torture of Hilo Idlao Aytag, 38 years old of Panaytayan, Mansalay, Oriental Mindoro, a member of Mangyan tribe. He was tortured by members of the 4th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army to force him to disclose his alleged membership to the rebel group New Peoples’ Army (NPA).     

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) documented 585 victims of torture in the Philippines under the term of office of the outgoing president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.  TFDP records show that there are 271 political prisoners and political detainees as of June 15, 2010.


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