[In the news] EU diplomats press Aquino admin on improving human rights situation -GMA News

EU diplomats press Aquino admin on improving human rights situation.

BY MICHAELA DEL CALLAR, GMA News
May 28, 2012

Top European Union diplomats in the Philippines on Monday pressed the Aquino administration to step up efforts in addressing human rights in the country, the condition of which Philippine officials say has improved but rights watchdogs continue to view with alarm.

EU Ambassador Guy Ledoux made the statement during a meeting between the Union’s diplomats and rights advocates ahead of a United Nations periodic review of the state of human rights in the country.

The review could have a bearing on how the single-currency block assesses its relationship with Manila.

The EU, which had voiced strong concern over human rights abuses in the Philippines, is one of the country’s largest providers of development assistance and aid, particularly in Mindanao.

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