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Noy gov’t lacks accountability, fails to deliver on promise — HRW

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President Aquino’s six-year term in office will end in mid-2016 without achieving his promised goal to significantly improve human rights in the country, a report from an international human rights group noted.
In its World Report 2016, Human Rights Watch (HRW), which reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries, lamented that “there has been little accountability for the killings of indigenous leaders, activists and journalists, and other serious abuses during his (Aquino) administration.”
“Since his election, President Aquino held out the promise of a rights-respecting Philippines for which he has sadly been unable to deliver,” said Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director. “While the number of serious violations has declined during Aquino’s administration, ongoing killings of prominent activists and the lack of successful prosecutions mean there’s nothing to prevent an upsurge of abuses in the future.”
In the first eight months of 2015, Philippine military and paramilitary groups allegedly killed more than a dozen tribal leaders and tribal community members, local rights groups reported. Military operations in areas in Mindanao, heavily populated by indigenous peoples, contributed to the displacement of 243,000 since January, according to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). Many of those displaced faced inadequate food, shelter and health care.
Also, nine journalists were killed in 2015 – three of them over 10 days in August. Only one suspect was reported arrested in these attacks. Killings of alleged petty criminals, drug dealers, and others by “death squads” or contract killers in several cities continued unabated. In some cases, the killings were publicly encouraged by local officials such as presidential candidate and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
HRW added children throughout the country face a wide range of human rights abuses.
As a September 2015 Human Rights Watch report documented, in small-scale gold mining, children are exposed to extremely hazardous work conditions, working deep underground, diving underwater to dig for gold, and processing ore with toxic mercury.
Armed conflict prevented children in a number of areas from attending school, and paramilitaries raided several schools, killing a school administrator in August.
The HRW also reported that authorities detained hundreds of poor and homeless, among them many children, to clear Manila of street dwellers during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit last November, a practice previously used during high-profile events.
“While Aquino’s presidency has had a mixed record on rights issues, ultimately he has failed to make the institutional reforms to ensure a lasting positive human rights legacy,” Kine said.
He also stressed the need for the Philippines next president to be prepared “to tackle deep-seated impunity for abuses by state security forces and the corrupt and politicized criminal justice system.”


Love it when someone calls a spade a spade... HRW has simply pointed out what everyone already knows.... "The straight path has never been straight during this admin."

No to electing ""any"" LP candidates.... across the board in the May elections.


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