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[Press Release] Rights Groups run to challenge Security Sector: Declare in words and deeds torture free detention centers

Rights Groups run to challenge Security Sector: Declare in words and deeds torture free detention centers

More than 600 people participate in the annual Basta Run Against Torture in time for the U.N. International Day in Support of Victims of Torture today, June 26, 2012. Now in its 6th year, anti-torture advocates challenged the security sector to declare torture free detention centers in words and in deeds.

“This year’s BRAT aims to bridge the gap between the commitments and policies on one hand and practices on the other of the security sector and other government agencies with respect to the issue of torture. It hopes to exact the commitment of AFP, PNP and BJMP to declare their places of detention as torture free and stand firm on their commitment.” Joy Lascano of Balay Rehabilitation Center, representative of UATC said in a statement.

The United Against Torture Coalition (UATC), a network of anti-torture advocates engages the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) to publicly announce their commitment to proclaim a policy of complete prohibition of torture in all places of detention.

Lascano of UATC further said that, “Three years after the enactment of the Anti-Torture Law of 2009, only a handful of cases have been filed. The attempt to prosecute perpetrators is fraught with difficulties due to a lack of transparency from the security sector and the unfamiliarity of prosecutors and judges about the law on torture. None of these cases have seen a just resolution.”

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), also a member of UATC on the other hand documented 23 cases with 40 victims of torture under the P-Noy administration (as of May 2012). According to the group, the data shows that practice of torture on the ground still persists
while no one get punished.

BRAT 6 was participated by Amnesty International-Philippines, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), Medical Action Group (MAG), Balay Rehabilitation Center, Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), Families of Victims of Involuntary Disappearance (FIND), Partido ng Manggagawa (PM) and the #rememberML@40 campaign committee.

Also present are CHR, PHRC, DILG, DOJ, PNP, AFP and BJMP.

[From the web] BJMP Gears for Gender-responsive Jails -balayph.net

BJMP Gears for Gender-responsive Jails

balayph.net
May 23, 2012

Amid the bureau’s intensified efforts in ensuring utmost jail security nationwide, it stays focused on working for a gender-sensitive jail management. A workshop on gender issues affecting jail management shall convene 20 officials of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) today at Olongapo City. The event is sponsored by Balay Rehabilitation Center, Inc., a non-government organization and long-time partner of the BJMP in its programs for the inmates’ welfare and development.

“We are working on strengthening our officers’ awareness and responsiveness to gender issues confronting BJMP”, said Jail Senior Superintendent Nida Gacutan-Ramos, Director for Inmates’ Welfare and Development (IWD) and acting chair of the bureau’s Gender Awareness and Development (GAD) Focal Point.

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[In the news] BJMP bars photographers, cameramen from massacre trial coverage – InterAksyon.com

BJMP bars photographers, cameramen from massacre trial coverage
by InterAksyon.com
January 25, 2012

  MANILA, Philippines — For the second time this month, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology on Wednesday barred photojournalists and television cameramen from shooting images and video footage of the makeshift courtroom in Camp Bagong Diwa where the Ampatuan massacre trial is being heard, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said.

BJMP personnel gave no reason for preventing photographers and cameramen from entering the jail compound where the courtroom and the detention center of those accused of the massacre are located.

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court, which conducts hearings at the Taguig courtroom, has allowed photographs and video footage to be taken before and after the proceedings.

Read full article @ www.interaksyon.com