Human rights in the Philippines

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According to a U.S. Department of State report released in March 2006, Philippine security forces have been responsible for serious human rights abuses despite the efforts of civilian authorities to control them. The report found that although the government generally respected human rights, some security forces elements—particularly the Philippine National Police—practiced extrajudicial killings, vigilantism, disappearances, torture, and arbitrary arrest and detention in their battle against criminals and terrorists. Prison conditions were harsh, and the slow judicial process as well as corrupt police, judges, and prosecutors impaired due process and the rule of law. Besides criminals and terrorists, human rights activists, left-wing political activists, and Muslims were sometimes the victims of improper police conduct. Violence against women and abuse of children remained serious problems, and some children were pressed into slave labor and prostitution.

On Wednesday Dec. 7, 2006 International Labor Rights Fund's Brian Campbell tried to enter the Philippines to continue investigations of recent human rights violations and murders in the Philippines. Mr. Campbell had previously visited the Philippines in early 2006 to investigate various deaths of trade unionists including Diosdado Fortuna.<ref>Bloodshed in the Picketline news article in Bulatlat, September 2, 2005.</ref> On Dec 7, Mr. Campbell was informed he was on a blacklist by the Filipino immigration authorities and was barred from entering the country. Mr. Campbell then was immediately forced to leave the country.<ref>Deported lawyer prodded US firms to sign letter on killings news article in Inquirer (Philippines), December 8, 2006.</ref>




See Also

  • Karapatan - Alliance for the Advancement of People's Rights - a Filipino Human Rights Organization
  • Crispin Beltran and Satur Ocampo - Two Congressmen who are being held as political prisoners in the Philippines

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