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KARAPATAN says GMA government not complying with UN Convention against Torture

The human rights group KARAPATAN said that the Arroyo government is not complying, and is in fact violating the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.  The said convention was entered into force on 26 June 1987 and ratified by the Philippine government on October 23, 1987.

KARAPATAN, a human rights watchdog monitoring government compliance to human rights instruments, said torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment continue to be recorded in the Philippines under the Arroyo regime, among them:

Desaparecidos kin join Burgos family in seeking legal remedy to surface Jonas

Families of victims of enforced disappearance from the human rights organization Desaparecidos came to the Court of Appeals (CA) today to show support for the Burgos family at the first hearing of the petition for habeas corpus for missing activist Jonas Burgos.

Among those who trooped to the CA were the relatives of desaparecidos Leopoldo Ancheta, Cesar Batralo, Romulos Robinos, Gloria Soco and Sherlyn Cadapan.

AFP should release Sherlyn Cadapan, Karen Empeño and Manuel Merino

The Families of Desaparecidos for Justice (Desaparecidos) today called on the Armed Forces of the Philippines to release the two abducted University of the Philippines students Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño and peasant Manuel Merino, whom they have detained and kept hidden one year to this day.

Trillanes probe asked to open safehouses, secret detention places

The Philippine human rights alliance KARAPATAN welcomed the planned probe on extrajudicial killings of former soldier and now senator-elect Antonio Trillanes.

KARAPATAN Secretary General Marie Hilao-Enriquez said, “We laud Senator Trillanes for this move to put the Arroyo administration to task for the unabated extrajudicial killings.”

KARAPATAN likewise welcomes the pronouncements made by top anti-Arroyo military officials who said that they will provide the detained senator-elect with evidence once he begins work in the Senate next month.

Dutch envoy insults victims by calling PPT a kangaroo court

"It's such a shame that the Dutch ambassador dismissed an international juridical body as a kangaroo court.  He had just faulted victims for filing their complaints at the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT)."

This was the statement of the Philippine human rights group Karapatan after Dutch Ambassador Robert Vornis said that the Permanent People's Tribunal is a kangaroo court.