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Amnesty International is urging the Aquino government to end the culture of impunity that is embedded within the Philippine government and its armed forces:
Impunity for torture, enforced disappearances and extrajudicial executions persists in the Philippines, despite the government’s commitment in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) to eliminate these grave human rights violations and bring those responsible to justice.
Thousands of cases of extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances remain unresolved, and new cases continue to be reported. Victims of past human rights violations and their relatives, including those who faced serious human rights violations under the Martial Law era over four decades ago, continue to be denied justice, truth and reparations. Almost no perpetrators have been convicted. Impunity persists in part due to inadequate criminal investigations and witness protection schemes, a lack of political will to ensure effective prosecutions, and lengthy delays in court proceedings.
Amnesty International is disappointed that the Philippines has not yet pledged to ratify the International Convention on the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance despite numerous recommendations to do so. It is also concerned that the Philippines has been slow at fully implementing the Anti-Torture Act, the Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law of 2009 and the 2009 Magna Carta of Women. Other laws crucial to protect the right to life of women and men, such as the Anti-Enforced Disappearances and Reproductive Health Bills, have yet to be adopted.
Amnesty International calls for the adoption of a national human rights action plan to tackle the lack of accountability for enforced disappearances, torture and extrajudicial executions, and urges the Philippines Congress to pass legislation to protect the rights of women and girls to life and reproductive health.