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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The UN Committee against Torture has expressed concern over the persistence of impunity for acts of torture despite the enactment of the Anti-Torture Act in 2009 in the Philippines. It noted that only one perpetrator has been convicted considering the rising number of torture cases compiled by the Commission on Human Rights six years after torture was declared a criminal offense.

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A minor died while another young boy and an adult farmer were seriously injured  reportedly as a result of unlawful violence they suffered  in the hands of soldiers in the municipality of Tipo-Tipo in Basilan. The incident happened on April 12, 2016 in the midst of the military  combat operations against  the Abu Sayyaf group that  were involved  in  the recent kidnappings and killings of civilian hostages in southern Philippines.

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The  United against Torture Coalition  (UATC) has called attention on the  non-conviction of torturers and the weak implementation of the Anti-Torture Act six years since it was enacted in 2009. The coalition raised this observation, among other issues,  during the 57th session of the United Nations Committee on Torture at  Palais Wilson in Geneva on April 27, 2015. 

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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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