Friday, July 15, 2011

PHILIPPINES: No investigation to complaint of torture filed one and a half years ago

ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION, July 15, 2011

Urgent Appeal Update: AHRC-UAU-036-2011

[Re: AHRC-UAC-005-2010: PHILIPPINES: Torture and filing of questionable charges against three peasant community organisers]
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PHILIPPINES: No investigation to complaint of torture filed one and a half years ago
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LIST OF “CLOSED & TERMINATED” CASES
http://www.humanrights.asia/countries/philippines/cases/terminated
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Dear friends,
Similar to other cases raised with the Ombudsman the office has also ceased its intervention in the complaint of torture by the three victims, collectively known as the ‘Talisay 3′, invoking the excuse that it is the mandate of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) to investigate complaints of torture. While the Ombudsman argued that it is the primary responsibility of the CHR to investigate, the latter did not conduct an investigation since the complaint was filed one and a half years ago.

DETAILS OF TERMINATED CASES:

On 1 February, 2010, we issued the appeal (AHRC-UAC-005-2010) about the illegal arrest, torture and filing of questionable charges on three community organizers, namely Charity Diño, 29; Billy Batrina, 29; and Sonny Rogelio, 26; in the municipality of Talisay, Batangas on 23 November, 2009.

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