April 20, 2012
Dear fellow human rights defender,
The Philippines, among other States Parties, will be the focus of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) 13th session from May 21-June 4, 2012 by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council. The UPR is a process which provides “the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have done to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfill their human rights obligations.”
The Medical Action Group (MAG) and the Institute of Human Rights (IHR), University of the Philippines (UP) Law Center, in coordination with the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) would like to invite you or your representative to participate in a public presentation forum of the Joint Civil Society Report for the 2nd cycle of the UPR 13th Session. This forum is set to be held on May 18, 2012 (Friday) at 2nd Floor, Bocobo Hall, UP Law Center, Diliman, Quezon City from 1:00 to 4:30PM.
While at this, one of the priority issues in the Joint Civil Society Report is the campaign against torture in the Philippines. Thus there will be a presentation of the research output by the UP IHR on the Confidential Inquiry Procedure of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
The forum is designed to inform the stakeholders about the highlights of the Joint Civil Society Report for the UPR and its significance in improving the human rights situation in the country. Likewise, the forum aims to educate the human rights community as well as other stakeholders in the complaint procedure provided for in the Article 20 of the Convention against Torture as a tool for combating torture in the country.
Should you have any inquiry, please call the MAG office at 433-15-94 or 441-10-73 and look for Jerbert M. Briola.
We look forward to your favorable response. Thank you for your time and consideration.
(Sgd.) Edeliza P. Hernandez, RN
Medical Action Group