PHILIPPINES: Barriers to human rights – How complaint and protection mechanisms fail, and why

The manner how these justice institutions operates, notably in the process of complaint making and protection, have largely denied or prevented any sort of remedies for the victims. The lack, if not absence of protection and of security to complainants and witnesses seeking remedies, are clear examples of the government’s pledge making its protection mechanism for human rights being hollow.

PHILIPPINES: The ALRC highlights abuses to the Human Rights Council, and doubts government’s will to implement UPR recommendations

date: September 20, 2012 document id: ALRC-COS-21-09-2012 HRC section: Item 6, Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines Speaker: Mr. Danilo Reyes An Oral Statement to the 21st Session of the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organization in general consultative status PHILIPPINES: The ALRC highlights abuses to the Human Rights Council, and doubts government’s will to implement UPR recommendations Thank you Madam President, The ALRC welcomes the Philippines’ second review under the UPR. Many of the recommendations on key issues could play an important role in improving the human rights situation in the country. These include those on the need for effective investigations […]

PHILIPPINES: Obstacles concerning access to justice and protection for indigenous people

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 28, 2012 ALRC-CWS-21-02-2012 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twenty-first session, Agenda Item 3, half-day discussion on indigenous peoples: access to Justice A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status PHILIPPINES: Obstacles concerning access to justice and protection for indigenous people The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) welcomes the range of reports concerning the human rights of indigenous people during the upcoming 21st session of the Human Rights Council, being held from September 10 to 28, 2012. In view of the discussion on indigenous people and access to justice, to be held by the Council on […]

PHILIPPINES: Human Rights Council must act on widespread arbitrary dismissals of torture complaints and resultant impunity

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 24, 2012 ALRC-CWS-19-08-2012 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Nineteenth session, Agenda Item 3, Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on torture A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status PHILIPPINES: Human Rights Council must act on widespread arbitrary dismissals of torture complaints and resultant impunity The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform and seek the intervention of the Human Rights Council and the Special Rapporteur on torture concerning the frequent dismissals of complaints of torture, which speak to a system of legal and procedural obstacles and systemic institutional failings that are ensuring that […]

PHILIPPINES: Action required to address ongoing abuses of the legal system used to target human rights defenders

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 17, 2012 ALRC-CWS-19-03-2012 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Nineteenth session, Agenda Item 3, Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status PHILIPPINES: Action required to address ongoing abuses of the legal system used to target human rights defenders The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) submitted a written statement to the tenth session of the Human Rights Council in March 20091 concerning a growing pattern of the abusive use of prosecutorial powers and the country’s judicial process in order to detain human rights and political activists, […]

PHILIPPINES: Reforms required immediately to protect witnesses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 27, 2010 ALRC-CWS-15-10-2010 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Fifteenth session, Agenda Item 4 A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status PHILIPPINES: Reforms required immediately to protect witnesses The Asian Legal Resource Center (ALRC) welcomes the discussion during the 15th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) concerning the OHCHR’s report on programmes and other measures for the protection of witnesses. The issue of failing witness protection systems is a key element in many Asian countries that permits impunity for State agents accused of grave human rights violations. In this submission, the ALRC will focus […]

PHILIPPINES: Ongoing impunity concerning hundreds of extra-judicial killings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 24, 2010 ALRC-CWS-14-05-2010 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Fourteenth session, Agenda Item 4, General Debate A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status PHILIPPINES: Ongoing impunity concerning hundreds of extra-judicial killings The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) and its sister-organisation, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), have been engaged in documenting cases of extra-judicial killings in the Philippines over recent years, and have repeatedly submitted information to the Special Procedures and Human Rights Council in this regard. According to the information received from local sources and collected during fact-finding missions, the military of the Philippines […]

PHILIPPINES: Council urged to ensure that justice is delivered concerning the Maguindanao Massacre

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE February 28, 2010 ALRC-CWS-13-11-2010 Language(s): English only HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Thirteenth session, Agenda Item 4 A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status PHILIPPINES: Council urged to ensure that justice is delivered concerning the Maguindanao Massacre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to bring to the attention of the Human Rights Council (HRC) the ongoing situation of impunity in the Philippines, illustrated by the failure by the government to take appropriate action in the widely-reported massacre of 57 persons including 30 journalists that took place in Ampatuan, Maguindanao province, Mindanao, on November 23, 2009. This is […]

PHILIPPINES: Authorities failing to investigate house demolitions, torture, disappearances and killing of civilians resulting from the conflict in Mindanao

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 4, 2009 ALRC-CWS-12-06-2009 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL Twelfth session � Item 4 A written statement submitted by the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organisation with general consultative status PHILIPPINES: Authorities failing to investigate house demolitions, torture, disappearances and killing of civilians resulting from the conflict in Mindanao The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) is concerned by the fact that the government of the Philippines is failing to protect civilians from grave and widespread abuses of human rights in conflict-affected parts of the country�s southern Mindanao island. In particular, the police and law enforcement agencies� failure to conduct investigations into a litany of abuses ascribed to […]

PHILIPPINES: Extrajudicial killings

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 27, 2007 AL-030-2007 A Joint Statement submitted by the World Council of Churches, the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development and the Asian Legal Resource Center (ALRC) to the 6th Human Rights Council PHILIPPINES: Extrajudicial killings Thank you Mr. President. This statement is supported by the World Council of Churches, the Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, the Asian Human Rights Commission and the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization. The entire Philippine NGO delegation expresses our thanks to them. In March of this year, the UN Special Rapporteur Prof. Philip Alston reported his initial findings on the extrajudicial executions in the Philippines […]