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UN Rights Body to Assess Manila’s Record on human rights

Lack of Accountability for Killings, Torture, Disappearances Should Top Agenda

(Manila, May 21, 2012) – United Nations member countries should call on the Philippine government during its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the UN Human Rights Council to honor its commitments to ensure accountability for serious human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. The UPR is scheduled for May 29, 2012 at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The administration of President Benigno Aquino III has failed to take significant measures to prosecute members of the military, police, and militias implicated in extrajudicial killings, torture, and enforced disappearances, Human Rights Watch said. The UPR, through which all UN member states are examined once every four years, will allow governments to review the Philippines’ human rights record and propose recommendations. This is the second time the Philippines will undergo the review.

“UN member states should see through the Philippine government’s rhetoric and question the lack of progress on accountability over the past four years,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The Universal Periodic Review is an important opportunity to hold the Philippine government to its word.”

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