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[From the web] Senator Bong Go’s threat of “body bags” shows authorities’ dangerous COVID-19 response -Amnesty International

Senator Bong Go’s threat of “body bags” shows authorities’ dangerous COVID-19 response

Responding to Philippine Senator Bong Go’s statement about having body bags available for “drug addicts or peddlers of fake news”, Amnesty International’s Deputy Regional Director for Campaigns Ming Yu Hah said:

“While hospitals are pleading for body bags and other emergency supplies, callous threats from authorities show a tone-deaf government that is unwilling to keep everybody safe during this global pandemic. This dangerous rhetoric must stop now.

“Such dangerous language is never acceptable. Coming so soon after President Duterte’s alarming ‘shoot to kill’ order, this is a clear pattern of incitement that is consistent with the government’s general hostility towards human rights.

“The Senator’s comment also creates a chilling effect on journalists and whistle-blowers who seek to expose gaps and problems in the government’s COVID-19 response. Instead of issuing threats, the Philippine government should put all people’s rights to health and life at the centre of its plans and actions.”

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[Statement] Human Rights Watch statement on the positive response by Philippine authorities to the call for the early release of qualified inmates as part of COVID19 intervention

Human Rights Watch statement on the positive response by Philippine authorities to the call for the early release of qualified inmates as part of COVID19 intervention:

Human Rights Watch is heartened that Philippine authorities have responded to the call by several groups calling on the government to release inmates in its prisons who face low-level and non-violent charges, as well as the sick and the elderly. The move by the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), to name at least two government agencies who responded positively to the call, is very encouraging. It is imperative that the BJMP, the Department of Justice, the Public Attorney’s Office, and the courts expedite this process for the welfare of the tens of thousands of Filipinos crammed in overcrowded jails and detention facilities across the country. While this should have been acted upon earlier and without prodding from families of inmates and their advocates, it is not too late to mitigate the potentially catastrophic impact of the coronavirus on the country’s prison population.

Carlos Conde
Researcher, Asia Division
Human Rights Watch

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