[In the news] Cops, military are top perpetrators of torture: human rights’ group | Sun.Star

Cops, military are top perpetrators of torture: human rights’ group | Sun.Star.

By Jereco O. Paloma
Sunday, June 26, 2011

DESPITE The passage of the Anti-Torture Law in 2009, military and the police have allegedly remained the top perpetrators of torture in Mindanao, a church-based human rights group claimed Friday.

Rita Melecio, Mindanao team leader of the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), told reporters in Friday’s Kapihan sa PIA that of the nine reported cases of torture this year, six were allegedly committed by the military while another one was committed by police.

The two remaining cases were allegedly committed by so-called “intelligence groups.”

In 2009, when the group recorded a total of 40 torture cases involving 67 victims, 19 cases were allegedly committed by military, 13 by the police, four by intelligence groups and four by combined elements of the police and the military.

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HRonlinePH says…

1 is too many!

Borrowing this tagline from Angelina Joli in the new video of the UN Office of the High Commissioner in its campaign for the rights of refugees.

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8 thoughts on “[In the news] Cops, military are top perpetrators of torture: human rights’ group | Sun.Star

  1. Major General Jorge V. Segovia, chief of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, said the accusation was “just a part of the propaganda spewed by the members of the Communist Party of the Philippines and New People’s Army (CPP-NPA).” http://www.sunstar.com.ph/davao/local-news/2011/06/28/military-police-challenge-human-rights-group-present-evidence-163624

    this is how they usually react when human rights defenders like TFDP releases reports of what has been happening on the ground.

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