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Make the wheel of justice work -UATC
On Torture
Friday, 04 July 2014 12:05

UATC STATEMENT

June 26, 2014

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Make the wheel of justice work

Fight Impunity, Demand for Accountability

Today, we, the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC)-Philippines and various anti-torture advocates on the eight consecutive year marks the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture through the “Basta! Run Against Torture 8” (BRAT VIII) as we renew our resonating call to stop torture and to fight impunity.

While the UATC recognizes the significant improvement in the legal protection against torture in the Philippines, we observed that the implementation of the law and policies has not been made so far with due diligence and efficacy as torture remains prevalent and is still being committed with total impunity. Every year, we are expecting new cases to undoubtedly arise.

The Republic Act 9745, otherwise known as the Anti-Torture Law of 2009 was purportedly enacted to give a meaningful implementation for the UN Convention Against Torture which the Philippines is a state party but remains only good in paper. These observations are clearly reflected in our Torture Impunity Report that will be presented this afternoon to the relevant government agencies in a forum sponsored by the European Union.

Last Updated on Friday, 04 July 2014 12:10
 
Empowering the Torture Victims is a key in Fighting Impunity-UATC
On Torture
Thursday, 15 May 2014 17:44
Empowering the Torture Victims is a key in Fighting Impunity
UATC Support Statement on
Amnesty International’s Global Campaign Against Torture
13 May 2014

uatc_logo_smallTorture is an affront to human life and dignity that cannot be justified under any circumstances in any parts of the world.

The United Against Torture Coalition – Philippines (UATC) restates its commitments to fight against torture and end impunity by upholding the basic human rights and dignity of every individual as it joins the Amnesty International in the launching of the Global Campaign Against Torture.

The global campaign, which will be carried out through holding of series of public events, is aimed to remind all States including the Philippine government of their obligations to respect and guarantee the right of every person to be free from torture and ill-treatment, to effectively bring those responsible to justice, and to guarantee reparative measures to victims and their families.
Last Updated on Thursday, 15 May 2014 17:48
 
“Wheel of torture” symbolizes culture of torture impunity in the Philippines
On Torture
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:57

Press release

February 3, 2014

 

 

“Wheel of torture” symbolizes culture of torture impunity in the Philippines

 

uatc_logo_smallThe existence of “wheel of torture” game at a Philippine National Police (PNP) detention facility in Biñan, Laguna where detainees are reportedly tortured by authorities and its discovery by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) last week only shows of what it seems everywhere before you is a sight of impunity.

 

“While noting the action by the CHRP in its inspection of the PNP lock-up cell in Laguna, is deeply concerned on the existence of such detention facility which only confirms the consistent and on-going allegations of routine and widespread use of torture and ill-treatment of suspects in police custody, “ the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC)-Philippines said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 12:00
 
Dismissal from service of torturers not enough, implement RA9745, convene the oversight committee
On Torture
Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:51

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)

Reaction to the alleged torture of inmates in a secret detention in Binan Laguna

 

January 30, 2014

DISMISSAL FROM SERVICE OF TORTURERS NOT ENOUGH, IMPLEMENT RA9745, CONVENE THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

 

Suspension and dismissal from service of the 10 suspected torturers are not enough. Cases should be filed against the alleged perpetrators under the Anti-Torture Law (ATL) or RA9745 and prosecute torturers.

 

The alleged torture of detainees if proven should not only penalize the 10 police personnel.  Their immediate superiors should also be held liable. The ATL provides,

The immediate commanding officer of the unit concerned of the AFP or the immediate senior public official of the PNP and other law enforcement agencies shall be held liable as a principal to the crime of torture or other cruel or inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment for any act or omission, or negligence committed by him/her that shall have led, assisted, abetted or allowed, whether directly or indirectly, the commission thereof by his/her subordinates. If he/she has knowledge of or, owing to the circumstances at the time, should have known that acts of torture or other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment shall be committed, is being committed, or has been committed by his/her subordinates or by others within his/her area of responsibility and, despite such knowledge, did not take preventive or corrective action either before, during or immediately after its commission, when he/she has the authority to prevent or investigate allegations of torture or other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment but failed to prevent or investigate allegations of such act, whether deliberately or due to negligence shall also be liable as principals.

Moreover, they should also be held liable for maintaining a “secret prison” in Binan, Laguna. Section 7 of RA 9745 states that

Prohibited Detention. - Secret detention places, solitary confinement, incommunicado or other similar forms of detention, where torture may be carried out with impunity.

This is also to urge the Commission on Human Rights to convene the oversight committee, as provided by the law. The committee shall be composed of representatives from both houses of Congress for the purpose of monitoring compliance to the act.

 

EMMANUEL AMISTAD

Executive Director

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)

09178569830;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , office: 9950246, 4378054;  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 February 2014 11:56
 
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