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 called for  accountability of authorities who are implicated in the ill treatment of detainees as it asked the  Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to convene immediately the Oversight Committee in order to review the implementation of the Anti Torture Act.

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Balay Rehabilitation Center along with other human rights groups joined an annual Lenten gathering of families of victims of disappearances and other human rights violations entitled Kalbalyo ng Kawalan ng Katarungan (KKK) last April 12. This year’s theme Paghilom, Pagbangon, Pagkilos aims to highlight unity and solidarity among families of Desaparecidos with the families of victims of extrajudicial killings in their search for truth and justice.

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Representatives from government agencies and civil society organizations agreed to create a mechanism to fulfil the government’s obligation to provide rehabilitation services for  torture victims and their families.

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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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