[Statement] MAG’s Position Paper on the Proposed Law Establishing the National Preventive Mechanism

[Note] MAG’s Position Paper on the Proposed Law Establishing the National Preventive Mechanism. by dars0357.wordpress.com The Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture (OPCAT) establishes “a system of regular visits undertaken by independent international and national bodies to places where people are deprived of their liberty, in order to prevent torture and other…

[Statement] Immediately release Maritess and Rosario, hold their torturers accountable so that it may not happen again to anyone -TFDP

Immediately release Maritess and Rosario, hold their torturers accountable so that it may not happen again to anyone Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) calls on the immediate implementation of the Review Resolution issued by the Department of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima and the immediate release of the two Agta women illegally arrested,…

[Press Release] Secretary General of the OMCT addresses challenges of protecting children from torture during the World Congress on Juvenile Justice

“Secretary General of the OMCT addresses challenges of protecting children from torture during the World Congress on Juvenile Justice” Geneva, 30 of January 2015. The Secretary General of the OMCT, Gerald Staberock, addressed the World Congress on Juvenile Justice setting out the challenges that States and the civil society faces when trying to protect children…

[Press Release] End Police Torture, Killings! Aquino Should Act Decisively to Punish Perpetrators -HRW

Philippines: End Police Torture, Killings Aquino Should Act Decisively to Punish Perpetrators (Manila, January 31, 2015) – The Philippine government of President Benigno Aquino III should take decisive action against torture and extrajudicial killings by the police and other state security forces, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015. The Aquino administration…

[People] Secret Torture Chambers Exposed by Fr. Shay Cullen

Secret Torture Chambers Exposed Fr. Shay Cullen Who would ever imagine that a secret torture squad attached to the Philippine National Police would use a crudely made “wheel of fortune” to select the torture technique they would use on their victims? Torture is outlawed by international convention and the Philippine Penal Code yet in 2009…

[Press Release] Human Rights Day 2014: Psychosocial Support in focus with launch of Report-IRCT

Human Rights Day 2014: Psychosocial Support in focus with launch of Report To mark this year’s Human Rights Day, the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims (IRCT) together with the Medical Action Group (MAG) has launched the report ‘In Pursuit of Justice’, casting a light on psychosocial support for victims of torture in legal proceedings.…

[Press Release] Philippines: Five years later, no convictions under landmark anti-torture law -AI

Philippines: Five years later, no convictions under landmark anti-torture law Philippine authorities are failing to tackle torture as not a single perpetrator has been convicted under a landmark anti-torture law that came into effect five years ago today, despite evidence that the practice is prevalent, Amnesty International said. The Anti-Torture Act, passed on 10 November…

[Announcement] Call for applications: Two (2) Researcher Associates -BALAY

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: TWO (2) RESEARCHER ASSOCIATES Balay Rehabilitation Center (Balay) in cooperation with the Danish Institute against Torture (DIGNITY) shall launch as study entitled: TORTURE AND CORRUPTION: UNDERSTANDING CONNECTIONS and RELATIONSHIPS. The over-all aim of the study is to understand the relationship between torture and corruption by examining encounters between policing agents and the…

[Statement] “End Torture in the Philippines”

July 3, 2014 Dear all, Thank you for joining this year’s June 26 campaign International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, by attending and actively participating in the forum-dialogue at the InterContinental Hotel in Makati City organized by the Medical Action Group (MAG) and Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) in coordination with…

[Press Release] EU reiterates commitment to end torture

EU reiterates commitment to end torture during the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture The European Union reiterated its commitment to promote human rights and to eliminate torture during a forum, “End Torture in the Philippines” with the Medical Action Group (MAG) and Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) held in Makati…

[Resources/Campaign] What is torture?

  “In 1987, the Convention against #Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into force. It was an important step in the much-needed process of globalising #humanrights and acknowledging that torture, and all forms of inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, are absolutely and universally illegal. In 1997, the United Nations…