Human Rights Abuses Continue despite Aquino's Promise

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Human Rights Abuses Continue despite Aquino's Promise


Gross violations of human rights in the Philippines continue unabated in 2013 despite persistent promises made by President Benigno Aquino III to chase after the perpetrators, Human Rights Watch said.

Based on its 2014 World Report released Tuesday, January 21, Human Rights Watch said no "significant progress" was made by the Philippine government to bring justice to the victims of human rights violations in the country.

"The Aquino administration, however, has not made significant progress on its pledge to expedite the investigation and prosecution extrajudicial killings, torture, and enforced disappearances, among other serious violations of human rights," Human Rights said on its 677-page report.

With this continuing failure of justice, the New York-based organization revealed that "there are growing doubts about his [Aquino] administration's willingness to deliver on many of its human rights commitments."

It said that while extrajudicial killings significantly dropped during his term, the number of politically motivated killings continue to rise, noting that killings made by "death squads" or private armies in urban areas remains unabated.

It specifically mentioned the rampant killings of journalists in the Philippines, which prompted the watchdog to name it as one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists, next to war-inflicted Iraq and Somalia. …

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