State of human rights under Aquino
by Ronalyn Olea, http://www.thepoc.net
July 28, 2012
The situation of human rights in the Philippines was the subject of the recent United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Universal Periodic Review. It called attention to the continuing extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other human rights violations and the prevailing climate of impunity in the Philippines.
The short period of the Aquino government that was reviewed drew concern from 22 countries over the continuing extrajudicial killings, disappearances and torture; the prevalence of paramilitary groups and private armies; and the non-prosecution of perpetrators of rights violations.
In Quezon province alone, there have been more than 120 cases of human rights abuses documented since 2011.
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