R. A. 9851: A Breakthrough Law for International Humanitarian Law Enforcement in the Philippines

RA-9851Republic Act Number 9851, the new "Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide and Other Crimes Against Humanity" signed into law on 11 December 2009, is a breakthrough law for the enforcement of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) as well as human rights in the Philippines. For the first time here, a national statute defines and penalizes "the most serious crimes of concern to the international community as a whole" -- namely, war crimes, genocide, and other crimes against humanity. This could be even more significant than R. A. No. 9745, the "Anti-Torture Act of 2009" signed into law about a month earlier on 10 November 2009. To the credit of the 14th Congress and of the Arroyo administration, they have delivered this significant one-two punch for human rights and IHL and possibly a few more good Pacquiao-like punch combinations, during the "last round" of this Congress and administration before bowing out in mid-2010. But credit is also due to the various human rights and IHL advocates in civil society and in government who have worked long and hard for these and related legislations as well as administrative measures.

R. A. 9745: Alamin ang anti-Torture Act of 2009

ATL Digest

Published with the support of the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims (RCT), Copenhagen

Ang tortyur ay masakit, ito ay nag-iiwan ng marka ng sugat sa katawan at kalooban. Maaring isa sa mga kakilala mo, o kamaganak mo ay dumaranas nito. Kailangan na itong mapigilan. Nitong nakalipas na November 10, 2009 ay ipinasa ng ating Kongreso (Pamahalaan) ang anti-torture law bunga na rin ng pagsisikap ng mga organisasyon at indibidwal na nagnanais na matigil na ang tortyur sa ating bansa.

GRP - MILF Peace Process

GRP-MILF-Peace-ProcessThe armed conflict in the Philippines has been around for more than four decades. Among those hardest hit are the thousands of villages in Mindanao where fighting between government forces and the Moro groups waging a struggle for self-determination has been going on. Throughout those years, many lives were lost, farms and livelihood were ruined, children and women have been put in harm's way and the affected civilians have been pushed deeper into poverty. Over the last ten years, the displacement of villagers in conflict affected areas has been so dire that it has caught the attention of the United Nations itself and other international agencies as well.

 

Dialogos Vol. 1, Num. 3: Healing the Wounds of War

dialogos volume 1 number 3The third issue publishes selected lectures which were presented in an exclusive forum organized by Balay Rehabilitation Center and the Research and Rehabilitation Center for Victims of Torture (RCT-Denmark) in 2005. The articles were selected based on proximate relevance to Filipino methods and approaches in psychosocial healing practices as well as on the significant current issues in rehabilitation and peace interventions in the Philippines.