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In 2010, Philippines President Benigno Aquino promised to crack down on human rights abuses by the military. Since he took office, however, the abuses have continued. Demand that President Aquino Take Action against human rights violations committed by the military.»

President Aquino came into power a year ago. Since then, his military has been linked to the murder of seven activists and the disappearance of three more.

Investigations into military-related killings and disappearances often lose momentum quickly or are stopped entirely, allowing the military to continue their violence unchecked.

The human rights situation in the Philippines became an issue in recent years with reports of rising number of victims of extra-judicial killings, prompting the United Nations to take action. The Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Mr. Philip Alston, visited the Philippines in 2007 and subsequently filed a report with recommendations on how to address the situation.1 The European Union (EU), in seriously considering the situation, launched the EU-Philippine Justice Support Programme [EPJUST] to “help all stakeholders in the Philippines – in government, in the judiciary and in the Commission on Human Rights, and in civil society – to work together to address the critical issue of extra-legal killings and enforced disappearances.”2 This project was formally launched on 11 February 2010 in Manila.

Local and international human rights organizations launched campaigns on the extra-judicial killings issue, demanding accountability for those involved in the killings. Media organizations in the Philippines and their international counterparts also campaigned to stop the killing of members of the media.

The Philippine human rights situation is not however limited to the issue of extrajudicial killings and disappearances. The country faces problems related to its political, economic, social and cultural conditions that breed many more human rights problems.
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Don’t let the Philippines military get away with violating human rights. Demand that President Aquino fully investigate military-related killings and subsequently prosecute those involved.»

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