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‘What progress?’ Human Rights Groups Asks

Karapatan chair Cristina Palabay at an earlier session in 2011 for the United Nations Human Rights Council (photo by Ecumenical Voice courtesy of Bulatlat).

In an article for Bulatlat Ronalyn V. Olea highlights the lies and hypocrisy spread by the Aquino government about its own human rights abuses and violations:

Human rights groups accused the Philippine government of spreading lies at the 21st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

The Philippines underwent the second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a mechanism of the UN Human Rights Counci in ensuring that member-states fulfill its human rights obligations.

During the consideration of the Working Group report on the Philippines UPR, Teofilo S. Pilando, deputy executive secretary, said the Philippine government is committed to fulfilling the recommendations it accepted during the UPR last May.

“The Philippine Government has shamelessly spread lies here at the United Nations,” Marie Hilao-Enriquez, chairwoman of Karapatan, said. “Just last week, Genesis Ambason, a leader of the Matigsalog tribe in Agusan del Sur, was brutally killed by paramilitary groups under the command of the Philippine military.”

In a separate oral intervention, Dr. Rommel Linatoc of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), a member of the Philippine UPR Watch delegation, said, “the Philippine Report was very selective in its presentation of data.”

“It intentionally left out the essential issues such as the almost zero conviction rate of perpetrators of human rights abuses; the failure of the government to press charges and arrest suspects and the continuing effects of Oplan Bayanihan a counterinsurgency program against the Filipino people,” Linatoc said, reading a joint statement of the World Council of Churches – Churches Commission on International Affairs, the United Methodist Church Global Board Global Ministry and the Indian Council of South America (CISA).

At the UN session, Human Rights Watch said the Philippine government’s expressed commitment to eliminate extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances had not resulted in the successful prosecution of perpetrators.

In a statement, Human Rights Watch said: “The Philippine government is premature in boasting of significant progress on justice for past killings. The question isn’t what the government plans to do, but what it has already done. Up to the present, there have been no successful prosecutions of military personnel for extrajudicial killings.”

Brad Adams, Asia director of Human Rights Watch said that while the number of killings has gone down since Aquino assumed office, killings continue. “Unless the government prosecutes those responsible for past and recent abuses — and ensure that there are institutions capable of doing so – there is nothing to prevent these abuses from increasing again in the future,” he said.

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