Philippine partner demands elimination of all forms of torture
In a direct appeal to the Philippine President, RCT-partner Balay Rehabilitation Center demands a full stop for torture and impunity.
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On behalf of The United Against Torture Coalition (UACT)
executive director Erneste A. Anasarias from RCT-partner
Balay Rehabiliation Center has made a direct appeal to
President Benigno Aquino to end torture and institutional
"The persistence of torture casts doubts on the effectiveness of
the law", he states with a focus on the reports on cases of torture
still piling up. No member of the police and military organizations
has been arrested yet for alleged torture cases, since Benigno
Aquino took office in June 2010, and no superior has been put to
trial for their supposed involvement in or acquiescence to the
alleged acts of torture.
"Legal safeguards for arrested suspects and detainees are
insufficient, highlighted by failure to bring the promptly before a
judicial authority, restricted access to lawyers and medical
doctors, and failure to contact family members immediately after
their arrest", Ernesto A. Anasarias says.
The UATC is a coalition of human rights non-government
organizations and civil society organizations working together in
defending human rights and campaigning against torture in the
Read more in the news article Rights groups urge Aquino to order elimination of
all forms of torture, GMA News February 25 2012.
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