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Members of civil society organizations and faith-based associations joined the commemoration of the day when the late President Marcos placed the country under martial law on September 21, 44 years ago.  Carrying pictures of  victims of human rights violations, more than 1,200 participants gathered in the historic Plaza Miranda in Manila to remind the public that an authoritarian government should never be allowed to prevail again.

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Social workers from different municipalities of North Cotabato and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) participated in a study session on documentation and rehabilitation of torture victims in Kidapawan City on September 6 to 9, 2016. The learning event also highlighted the mechanism for monitoring,  reporting, and responding to victims of grave child rights violations in areas affected by armed conflict in Mindanao.

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Around 200 survivors of torture and enforced disappearance and their relatives have started to receive some financial assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in recognition of their right to rehabilitation under the Anti Torture Act and the Anti-Enforced Disappearance Act. The monetary assistance is intended for the purchase of medicines and to pay for basic medical check up of the victims. Some amount are meant to augment their resources for their livelihood projects as well.

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Thesis Grants on Violence, Suffering and Human Rights in the Philippines

The Doctor in Social Development (DSD) Program of the UP College of Social Work and Community Development (UP-CSWCD) in collaboration with the Research Department of the Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Survivors (RCT), Denmark and the Balay Rehabilitation Center (Balay) are proud to announce the availability of four (4) Thesis grants starting the 2nd semester, 2011.

About the Scholarship Grants

Masters students currently enrolled in CSWCD, CSSP and other applied social science courses in UP Diliman can avail of thesis grants starting the 2nd semester, 2011-2012 for one year. The candidates' dissertation must address issues related to violence, suffering and human rights in the Philippines. The proposed thesis topic will be one major criterion in the selection process that will be jointly conducted by UP-CSWCD, RCT and Balay (a Filipino service organization that advocates for human rights for marginalized groups). The scholarships aim to create a renewed, scholarly interest in issues of violence, suffering and human rights in the Philippines.

Successful candidates will benefit from the scholarship in several ways. They will

• Be part of an interdisciplinary research group involving other students, NGOs and an international research institution.

• Receive supervision from international researchers to help improve and finalize thesis work,

• Receive a small grant and student allocation for data collection and field work

• Participate in research and training workshops in the Philippines or abroad (to be determined)

• Contribute through knowledge generation to alleviate suffering in the Philippines

• Prepare for a future in research, scholarly or NGO work

Successful candidates are expected to

• Work hard and complete their theses within one year

• Participate in the research activities (discussion groups and seminars) of the research group

• Interact with Balay Rehabilitation Center, RCT and CSWCD

Requirements

1. Currently enrolled in CSWCD, CSSP and other applied social science courses in UP Diliman, with at least a GWA of 1.75.

2. Submit a completed application form with a cover letter, detailed CV with names, addresses and contact numbers of three referees (e-mail addresses), and certified copies of degrees/ diplomas.

3. Submit a brief research proposal (based on thesis topic) related to "violence, suffering and human rights in the Philippines", including brief theoretical and methodological considerations (not exceeding two pages).

4. Recommendation letter from the thesis adviser/ program adviser.

How to Apply?

Application form for the Thesis Grant are availble at the Student Records Office, UP-CSWCD. Further information can be obtained from http://www.rct.dk/Research/Prevention_Research, http://cswcd.edu.ph, and http://balayph.net. Applicants can also contact Ma. Theresa Tungpalan, DSD Program Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Aleli B. Bawagan, CSWCD Secretary (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and Steffen Jensen, RCT Senior researcher (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for other information. Send your application to the Students Records Office of UP-CSWCD. All documents must also be submitted electronically to the CSWCD Secretary and Dr. Jensen of RCT.

Deadline for application: 15 January 2012

Click link below to download application form

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