Tuesday, February 4, 2014

“Wheel of torture” symbolizes culture of torture impunity in the Philippines



Press release
February 3, 2014


“Wheel of torture” symbolizes culture of torture impunity in the Philippines

The existence of “wheel of torture” game at a Philippine National Police (PNP) detention facility in Biñan, Laguna where detainees are reportedly tortured by authorities and its discovery by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) last week only shows of what it seems everywhere before you is a sight of impunity.

“While noting the action by the CHRP in its inspection of the PNP lock-up cell in Laguna, is deeply concerned on the existence of such detention facility which only confirms the consistent and on-going allegations of routine and widespread use of torture and ill-treatment of suspects in police custody, “ the United Against Torture Coalition (UATC)-Philippines said.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Dismissal from service of torturers not enough, implement RA9745, convene the Oversight Committee-TFDP

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)
Reaction to the alleged torture of inmates in a secret detention in Binan Laguna

January 30, 2014
DISMISSAL FROM SERVICE OF TORTURERS NOT ENOUGH, IMPLEMENT RA9745, CONVENE THE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE

Suspension and dismissal from service of the 10 suspected torturers are not enough. Cases should be filed against the alleged perpetrators under the Anti-Torture Law (ATL) or RA9745 and prosecute torturers.

The alleged torture of detainees if proven should not only penalize the 10 police personnel.  Their immediate superiors should also be held liable. The ATL provides,
The immediate commanding officer of the unit concerned of the AFP or the immediate senior public official of the PNP and other law enforcement agencies shall be held liable as a principal to the crime of torture or other cruel or inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment for any act or omission, or negligence committed by him/her that shall have led, assisted, abetted or allowed, whether directly or indirectly, the commission thereof by his/her subordinates. If he/she has knowledge of or, owing to the circumstances at the time, should have known that acts of torture or other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment shall be committed, is being committed, or has been committed by his/her subordinates or by others within his/her area of responsibility and, despite such knowledge, did not take preventive or corrective action either before, during or immediately after its commission, when he/she has the authority to prevent or investigate allegations of torture or other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment but failed to prevent or investigate allegations of such act, whether deliberately or due to negligence shall also be liable as principals.

Moreover, they should also be held liable for maintaining a “secret prison” in Binan, Laguna. Section 7 of RA 9745 states that

Prohibited Detention. - Secret detention places, solitary confinement, incommunicado or other similar forms of detention, where torture may be carried out with impunity.

This is also to urge the Commission on Human Rights to convene the oversight committee, as provided by the law. The committee shall be composed of representatives from both houses of Congress for the purpose of monitoring compliance to the act.

EMMANUEL AMISTAD
Executive Director
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)
09178569830; ecamistad@yahoo.com, office: 9950246, 4378054; tfdp.1974@gmail.com

PHILIPPINES: ‘Torture wheels’ is tip of the iceberg — Asian Human Rights Commission

PHILIPPINES: ‘Torture wheels’ is tip of the iceberg — Asian Human Rights Commission

Photo by CHR

The discovery of a ‘torture wheel’ “inside a private subdivision in Laguna,” which is under the control of intelligence officers in Biñan, Laguna, where detainees arrested for illegal drugs are tortured and held, drew outrage as to how the police conduct its investigation into crimes.

The “torture wheel” was discovered by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) after conducting onsite inspections of the detention facility. The facility, however, was not included in the list of official detention centres; and, in fact, its operation reportedly surprised the Philippine National Police (PNP). The facility is “never included in the regular status reports of all police custodial and detention centers.”

With the discovery and exposure of this practice, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) expresses its appreciation to the CHR for investigating and conducting the onsite inspection. On this occasion the CHR went out of its way by investigating promptly and effectively into the complaints of torture.

The CHR’s investigation was in response to complaints received by the public attorney attached to the Public Attorney Office (PAO) in Laguna. The PAO lawyers filed the complaint with the CHR based on the allegations of torture by victims detained by the intelligence officers and policemen.

Read more @www.humanrights.asia

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

e-sumbong ang mga paglabag sa karapatang pantao!








Karapatan natin ang isang #TortureFreePhilippines. Labag ito sa RA 9745 ang batas laban sa tortyur. Kaya ‘pag may kilala kang natortyur o nangtortyur, e-sumbong na ‘yan! https://www.facebook.com/ESumbong

Wheel of torture: 10 cops relieved - INQUIRER.net

Wheel of torture: 10 cops relieved
41 detainees maltreated at secret PNP facility
By Cynthia D. Balana, Philippine Daily Inquirer
January 29, 2014

Photo by CHR
MANILA, Philippines — Ten Philippine National
Police officers have been sacked following revelations they played a
so-called “wheel of torture” game at a secret detention facility to
extract information from criminal suspects and also to have fun, the
Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said on Tuesday.


The CHR is looking into the alleged
maltreatment of up to 41 detainees in the PNP facility in Biñan, Laguna
province, according to the commission.


Under the game, detainees—mostly suspected
drug traffickers—were punched if the “torture wheel” stopped at “20
seconds Manny Pacman,” referring to a nickname of popular boxer Manny
Pacquiao, or hung upside down if it stopped at a punishment called
“30-second bat,” said Amnesty International, the London-based rights
group. It called the practice despicable.


“It’s horrible,” said CHR chair Loretta Ann
Rosales of the revelation more than three decades after the Philippines
emerged from the brutal era of the Ferdinand Marcos dictatorship.


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