[In the news] Amnesty International to elected execs: Act on rights abuses | Sun.Star

Amnesty International to elected execs: Act on rights abuses | Sun.Star.
By Abigail C. Malalis
May 29, 2013

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AMNESTY International-Philippines (AIPh) challenged newly elected government officials to act further on the rising number of victims of human rights abuses in the country.

AIPh made the call on Tuesday as it launched the Amnesty International Report 2013 in Cagayan de Oro City, 15 days after the May 2013 midterm elections.

The launch was simultaneously held with its 52nd anniversary.

The AI Report compiled facts on the state of the world’s human rights, covering 159 countries and territories.

Dr. Aurora Corazon A. Parong, AIPh director, said insecurities were observed even in areas where armed conflict is absent and the number of people living below poverty line is growing.

“The world is becoming increasingly dangerous especially for refugees and migrants including Filipinos. We see insecurity in our country even in areas where there is no armed conflict. Poverty and unemployment persists. The local government officials play a key role in turning around the situation of misery and insecurity,” Parong said in a statement.

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