Day: August 25, 2007

There is no existing law in the Philippines criminalizing enforced disappearances. While Republic Act No. 7438 guarantees the rights of persons arrested, detained or under custodial investigation, it does not punish perpetrators of enforced disappearances. Victims of enforced disappearances are denied the protection of the law. BY EMILY VITAL HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Bulatlat Vol. VII,…

A regional trial court in Cebu dismissed for “utter lack of probable cause” trumped-up charges filed by the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) and the Philippine Army’s 78th Infantry Battalion against 27 activists and four other individuals. BY KAREN PAPELLERO Bulatlat Vol. VII, No. 29, August 26-September 1, 2007 CEBU…

The Arroyo government has been keeping a secret political “list” of foreign nationals and some Filipinos residing abroad whom it doesn’t like. These foreign nationals have either joined human rights missions to the Philippines, signed petition letters demanding an end to extrajudicial killings, wrote about the government’s corrupt practices, lobbied their governments to end support…