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Human Rights Defenders to Government: Comply with UPR Recommendations -iDEFEND
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Monday, 22 May 2017 14:58
1_copyQuezon City- Human rights advocates today held a press conference to report on the events at the recently concluded UN Universal Periodic Review in Geneva. The UPR’s report on the Philippines has been received by the government, which has until September to respond formally to the body. In the interactive dialogue of the review, 95 delegations made statements following the presentation of the Philippine delegation. Most of them  focused on the need to put an end to, and investigate, extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearance, torture, human trafficking, and to stop efforts at reintroducing capital punishment and lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Recommendations also urged the government to allow the Special Rapporteur to conduct her investigation into the summary killings without conditions.


iDEFEND and PAHRA sent a team to Geneva to participate in UPR side events organized with regional and international NGO networks, as well as to conduct dialogues, public action and networking in conjunction with the UPR.


“As expected, government presented before the UPR a report blatantly denying state responsibility for more than 8,000 deaths under the war on drugs or that a surge of extrajudicial killings is happening. Government blamed media for exaggerating the number of deaths, the Special Rapporteur for being biased, and the Commission on Human Rights for changing the definition of extrajudicial killing” noted Ms. Nilda Sevilla, Chairperson of FIND (Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearances).
 
Secret Detention: A Clear Violation of Human Rights
On Torture
Monday, 22 May 2017 14:53
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines is appalled by the statement of Chief PNP Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa that seems to condone the maintenance of secret detention places.
He said, “Ang pulis ko walang ginawang kalokohan.” (“My police has done nothing wrong.”) This was in reference to the discovery by the Commission on Human Rights of a secret detention facility at MPD Police Station 1.
May we refer the Chief PNP to Section 12 of the Philippine Constitution:
No torture, force, violence, threat, intimidation, or any other means which vitiate the free will shall be used against him. Secret detention places, solitary, incommunicado, or other similar forms of detention are prohibited.

A detention place behind a bookshelf? Does that not qualify as a secret detention place specifically prohibited by our Constitution?
May we again remind the good general of Republic Act 9745 or the Anti-Torture Law. Section 4 (b). 3 states: “"Mental/Psychological Torture" refers to acts committed by a person in authority or agent of a person in authority which are calculated to affect or confuse the mind and/or undermine a person's dignity and morale, such as: (3) Confinement in solitary cells or secret detention places;”
Last Updated on Monday, 22 May 2017 14:55
 
Open Letter to the Senate of the Philippines On the Approved House Bill 4727 by the House of Representatives on 7 March 2017
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Thursday, 23 March 2017 18:00
Open Letter to the Senate of the Philippines
On the Approved House Bill 4727 by the House of Representatives on 7 March 2017


To Excellency:

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III (Senate President)
Senator Ralph G. Recto (Senate President Pro-Tempore)
Senator Vicente C. Sotto III (Majority Leader)
Senator Franklin M. Drilon (Minority Leader)
Senator Sonny M. Angara
Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV (Assistant Minority Leader)
Senator Maria Lourdes “Nancy” S. Binay
Senator Alan Peter “Companero” S. Cayetano
Senator Leila De Lima
Senator Joseph Victor G. Ejercito
Senator Francis “Chiz” G. Escudero
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian
Senator Richard J. Gordon
Senator Gregorio B. Hosanan II
Senator Risa Hontiveros
Senator Panfilo M. Lacson
Senator Loren B. Legarda
Senator Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao
Senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan
Senator Grace L. Poe
Senator Antonio “Sonny” F. Trillanes IV
Senator Joel Villanueva
Senator Cynthia A.Villar
Senator Juan Miguel “Migz” F. Zubiri

Honourable Senators,

We, the undersigned civil society organisations from the Southeast Asia region, express our grave disappointment at the decision of the House of Representatives of the Philippines to approve the House Bill 4727, which seeking to reinstates the death penalty. Such a decision sends an alarming signal to the ASEAN region given the Philippines’ role as the current Chair of ASEAN, a regional body that will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.

As a State Party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and its Second Optional Protocol aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, the Philippines had played an important role among the Asian states in campaigning for a moratorium and abolition of the death penalty. The Philippines is the first country in Asia to abolish the death penalty in 1987. Despite being restored in 1994, the death penalty was abolished for the second time in 2006.

In the midst of the administration’s highly-criticised ‘war on drugs’, with more than 7,000 people have been killed, the Bill represents another baseless argument that the death penalty for drug-related offenses is the way forward to ending the drug menace in the country. To date, there is no ample and conclusive evidence proving that the death penalty can act as a deterrent of crime. Similar to the use of extrajudicial killing that targets mostly the poorest members of the community, the use of the death penalty will likely target the marginalised people who are mostly defenceless in the judicial system. The use of the death penalty often overlooks the root of crimes in the society, such as poverty and inequality.
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 March 2017 18:02
 
Pursue peace. Resume the peace talks.
On Political Prisoners
Tuesday, 07 February 2017 19:30

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TFDP laments the decision of both parties – the National Democratic Front (NDF) and the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) – to end its unilateral ceasefire declarations.

Recently, the GRP President declared the suspension of the peace talks. He ordered the re-arrest of all NDF consultants involved in the peace talks. Further, he declared the CPP-NPA-NDF a terrorist group.

This saber-rattling of both parties does not augur well for peace and justice to reign in our land. Forty-eight years of internecine conflict have wasted so much of our fellow Filipinos’ lives and our meager resources.

We cannot turn our backs on any opportunity for peace, how fleeting and ephemeral it may be. It can be lasting if we allow it, if we nurture it, if we toil to make it bloom and grow.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 February 2017 19:33
 
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