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Total system failure

By LUIS V. TEODORO Vantage Point | BusinessWorld “Total system failure at all levels of government to protect Filipino lives” was how Phelim Kine, deputy director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch (HRW), described the situation in Tagum City, Davao del Norte last Wednesday, May 21. Kine was presenting to the media HRW’s report, One Shot to the Head: Death Squad Killings in Tagum City, Philippines, which details the killing of 298 people, including children, by a “death squad” in the maintenance and operations of which local officials…

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Rights groups condemn deportation, blacklisting of Dutch activist * Latest Posts Human Rights Human Rights - Front International Top Stories 

Rights groups condemn deportation, blacklisting of Dutch activist

“His[Van Beersum] blacklisting is more a resounding indictment of the government and its claims to democracy than it is of his zealous yet moral outrage over issues that should make us and our society more fair and human.” — National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers

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Two years under Aquino, abuses go unpunished as president reneges on promise — HRW * Latest Posts Human Rights Human Rights - Front Top Stories 

Two years under Aquino, abuses go unpunished as president reneges on promise — HRW

In the Philippines, there is still no successful prosecution of security forces for killings, ‘disappearances,’ despite Aquino’s campaign and inauguration promises for accountability.

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Disband paramilitary groups now, rights groups say * Latest Posts Human Rights Human Rights - Front Other Stories 

Disband paramilitary groups now, rights groups say

By RONALYN V. OLEA Bulatlat.com MANILA – Human rights groups called for the immediate dismantling of paramilitary forces after a high-ranking military official announced that the government would do so by 2016. In a report by online news site Interaskyon.com, Lt. Gen. Emmanuel Bautista, commanding general of the Philippine Army, said he sees the dismantling of 60,000 paramilitary forces in the country by 2016, within the end of the implementation of the Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) Bayanihan of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). Bautista said that…

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Groups score continuing rights abuses as Philippines undergoes review by UN body * Latest Posts Human Rights Human Rights - Front Must-Reads Top Stories 

Groups score continuing rights abuses as Philippines undergoes review by UN body

By RONALYN V. OLEA
“The whole world knows of the failure of the Aquino government to bring to justice human rights violators like Gen. Jovito Palparan and of the horrendous, less than one percent conviction rate of perpetrators of political killings on top of the snail-paced justice system.” – Fr. Rex RB. Reyes, NCCP

Sidebar: The Philippines and the Universal Periodic Review

Rights groups to file complaint vs Aquino administration

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‘Aquino not doing enough to combat impunity’ – rights groups * Latest Posts Human Rights Human Rights - Front Top Stories 

‘Aquino not doing enough to combat impunity’ – rights groups

By RONALYN V. OLEA
“After a year and a half in office, President Aquino should be delivering on his promise to end impunity for rights abuses.” – Human Rights Watch
“I think that the Philippine government knows what to do [but] we don’t see the will to stop the culture of impunity.” – Amnesty International

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