[Statement] Why were these Abu Sayyaf bombers released from jail?

Why were these Abu Sayyaf bombers released from jail? On behalf of the bereaved families and victims of bombings and kidnappings in Mindanao and in the interest truth and justice, the undersigned civil society organizations, human rights defenders and peace advocates strongly call for an immediate and impartial investigation over the suspicious release from detention…

[From the web] Revisit policy on terror, gov’t urged -RAPPLER.com

Revisit policy on terror, gov’t urged. by Amir S. Mawallil, RAPPLER.com March 7, 2012 ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Human rights groups are asking the government to re-evaluate its policy to crack down on the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), citing various human rights violations allegedly committed by security forces. “We have recorded a number of mistaken-identity…

[From the web/Urgent Alert] UPDATE (Philippines): Tortured boy temporarily released to his parent’s custody

UPDATE (Philippines): Tortured boy temporarily released to his parent’s custody Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) writes to inform you that Asraf Jamiri Musa, a 17-year-old Education student, who was tortured inside a military camp and charged with illegal possession of explosives after evidence was planted on him, has been temporarily released from…

[In the news] Palace: Philippine anti-terror law needs more teeth – INQUIRER.net

Palace: Philippine anti-terror law needs more teeth INQUIRER.net MANILA, Philippines—Malacañang is pushing Congress to amend key provisions in the country’s anti-terror law, saying it needs more teeth to effectively combat terrorism. Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. on Saturday said some provisions of the Human Security Act of 2007, such as informed surveillance, defeat the purpose…