December 18, 2014     Philippines
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Friday, December 12th, 2014

Dispatches: CIA torture report, a disturbing read

The report summary is a very disturbing read. Will the full 6,000-page committee report be declassified? Will it push the Obama administration to prosecute those responsible for torture as international law requires? Unless criminal acts carry criminal penalties, there is little to prevent a future president from using torture again.

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Torture as official policy

By BENJIE OLIVEROS Bulatlat perspective Reading through the 500-page Executive Summary of the report of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on the CIA’s Detention and Interrogation Program, one could not help but feel revulsion and...

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Kerry Goes to Egypt to Support Murderous Dictator Sisi: 5 U.S.-Funded Nations That Torture, Execute and Jail With Impunity

U.S. military aid goes to wildly abusive regimes.

Sunday, June 22nd, 2014

How many years more? | Torture survivors urge Ombudsman to act on raps against military

“The cases, filed as early as 2008, have been gathering dust in the records of the Ombudsman, which has shown nary a hint of interest or resolve in investigating criminal and ethical violations by top military brass...

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Rights groups condemn torture of 3 Lumads, including 2 children

Four Agusanon Lumad, including two minors, were on their way to the local Comelec to register as first-time voters for the upcoming Sangguniang Kabataan (Youth Council) and barangay elections when they were arrested, tortured and detained by...

Monday, February 11th, 2013

Soldiers detain charcoal maker in Abra

By ALDWIN QUITASOL Northern Dispatch BAGUIO CITY — A 25-year-old charcoal maker in Lagangilang, Abra was taken and held by soldiers for nearly three days. According to the Abra Human Rights Movement (AHRM), Meymar Alcantara, a charcoal...

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

Soldiers threaten, torture two civilians in Ilocos Sur

By JOAN GARCIA VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur – Last July, the 81st Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army (IBPA) arrived at the provinces of Ilocos Sur and Ilocos Norte. They replaced the 3rd IBPA that was...

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Kin of victims search for Palparan in military camps

By RONALYN V. OLEA “The silence of the Aquino administration is deafening. We...

Monday, June 25th, 2012

Military ops terrorize farmers in South Quezon

By RONALYN V. OLEA MANILA – Cesar Garganta, 28, merely wanted to earn extra income for the enrolment of his two children. Instead of money, what Garganta got was pain and trauma. On May 28, Garganta...

Saturday, June 23rd, 2012

Run ‘hounds’ Palparan

Run 'hounds' Palparan (Photo by Fred Dabu /

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Youth activist tortured by soldiers in Quezon

By RONALYN V. OLEA MANILA – An 18-year old youth activist was nabbed allegedly by soldiers in Lopez, Quezon and tortured into admitting he is a member of the New People’s Army (NPA), according to human...

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