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Philippine UPR Watch came out with their summary of the UN’s review of the Philippines:
This year, the Philippine Government will undergo another review during the United Nations Human Rights Council’s 2nd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review. Ten civil society groups in the Philippines, belonging to the Philippine UPR Watch, submitted separate alternative reports in November 2011. The organizations are Karapatan (Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights), National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), Ibon Foundation, Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (Bayan), National Alliance of Indigenous Peoples Organizations in the Philippines (KAMP), Moro Christian People’s Alliance (MCPA), Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC), National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL), the Philippine Independent Church’s Ramento Project for Rights Defenders (PIC-RPRD) and the Promotion of Church People’s Response (PCPR).
At the end of the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in June 2010, she left a total of 1,206 victims of extra-judicial killings and 206 cases of enforced disappearances as documented by the human rights group Karapatan. Most notorious of the killings was the massacre of 58 individuals which included journalists in Maguindanao.
There were 2,059 persons illegally or arbitrarily arrested by Arroyo’s military and police forces, among them the 43 health workers attending a medical training in Morong, Rizal. The release of the Morong 43 came after 10 months of incarceration after the charges against them were withdrawn by the government prosecutors. MCPA also reported that some 125 Moro (the Muslim national minority) civilians from Basilan, 106 from Sulu and 36 in Zamboanga City were arbitrarily arrested, detained without the privilege of writ of habeas corpus, accused of multiple crimes in court without preliminary investigation, and illegally detained. Most were tortured.
It has been four years since the first UPR on the Philippines and the human rights situation in the country manifests little or no improvement. The climate and culture of impunity still reign.
UPR Watch is committed to the monitoring, documenting and reporting of the state of compliance of the government of the Philippines to human rights standards. Its member organizations will continue to advance, protect and defend human rights in the country.