A Philippine Human Rights NGO providing Psychosocial Services and Rehabilitation to Internally Displaced Persons and Survivors of Torture and Organized Violence.

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Balay has likened to an act of a “thief in the night” the secretive manner of the burial of the late deposed  dictator Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LnmB-“Hero’s Cemetery”) on November 13.  

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The Balay Rehabilitation Center, convener of the United Against Torture Coalition in the Philippines (UATC) and civil society prime mover of the accession of the Philippines to the Optional Protocol To The Convention Against Torture (OPCAT), has organized a forum to mark the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the OPCAT in Hotel Rembrandt on November 11, 2016.

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Balay was able to document 44 allegations of torture within the third quarter of the year, covering the period July-September 2016. The victims are all residents in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, notably in the island of Basilan where government forces are engaged in a deadly operations against the ‘lawless activities’ of the Abu Sayyaf Group, and in the Davao region and in North Cotabato where the New People’s Army has been posing an armed challenged against the Philippines security forces.

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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.

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