[In the news] Human rights workers arrested after visiting jailed MNLF men.-INQUIRER.net

Human rights workers arrested after visiting jailed MNLF men.

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two government special investigators assigned to the Commission on Human Rights  in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and three members of their staff were arrested after visiting suspects in the September attack on Zamboanga City who are locked up in the San Ramon Penal Colony in Zamboanga del Sur province, a CHR regional official said Friday.


Police denied that the human rights workers had been arrested but confirmed they were being questioned for alleged breaches of security that endangered police guarding maximum security prisoners.

Lawyer Edy Santiago of the CHR-ARMM told the Inquirer the Zamboanga City police,  particularly those assigned to the Ayala Police Station, committed grave abuse and harassed the CHR team.

She identified those arrested as Special Investigator II Al-Ghosaibi M. Jupli, Special Investigator I Umma Omar Edding, administrative aide Nasser Halapto, data enumerator Madzsalman Cifria and driver Hermie Omar.

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