Tags: children’s rights

The month of October was declared as National Children’s Month, but still the rights of majority of Filipino children are being trampled upon due to poverty, lack of access to basic social services, and child labor, and the alarming increase in cases of rape, sexual assault, harassment, being made as human shields in military operations or paraded as ‘child soldiers,’ and killings.

Sidebar: Child rights groups slam military for attacks on children

Northern Dispatch (nordis) Weekly www.nordis.net Reposted by BAGUIO CITY – Media practitioners and journalism students joined the seminar-workshop on child protection organized by The National Council for Children Televisions (NCCT), Philippine Press Institute (PPI) and United Nations International Labour Organization (UN ILO). NCCT Executive Director Frank G. Rivera said the activity aims to forge an…

By ROD TAJON Northern Dispatch VIGAN CITY – Human rights violations among children under Aquino’s Oplan Bayanihan only unmasks the program’s dreadful character, a child rights group said. Jacquiline Ruiz, executive director of Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC), an institution providing psychosocial help to children victims of state violence said that these incidents involved military units…

by INA ALLECO R. SILVERIO Bulatlat.com A few weeks after the visit of United Nations Special Representative on Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy in the Philippines, the the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) called on her office to investigate an incident that took place last March 4 in Matuguinao, Samar. According to the…

“We fear that at the end of Aquino’s term, the Arroyo administration’s bad human rights record would be approximated, if not surpassed by the AFP,”—Salinlahi Alliance for Children’s Concerns

The Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC) had documented six cases of frustrated killings, four victims of torture, two illegal arrest and detention, two victims of rape and 136 children affected by forcible evacuation during Aquino’s first five months in office. In all these cases witnesses tagged state military forces as the perpetrators.

Mary Jane Sollano, then 13, Aljane Bacanto who was then 16, and Gina Renecia who was then 15, were recruited to work as household helpers. What followed were years of abuse – of being hit with wood, iron bars and chains, heads slammed on walls, being made to endure hunger – for the slightest of reasons.