Thursday, May 31, 2012

HR group says Aquino fails in human rights vow

From the Website LUWARAN

HR group says Aquino fails in human rights vow

May 26, 2012 News: The Human Rights Watch (HRW), a New York based human rights monitor, has said that President Benigno Aquino III failed to deliver on his campaign pledges to prosecute members of security forces implicated in killings and disappearances.

According to its latest monitor and documentation, HRW has listed seven cases of extrajudicial killings and three cases of disappearances—all with evidence pointing to military involvement—since President Aquino took office on June 30, 2010.

But there had been no punishment or prosecution in any of the cases, it said in a statement.

"The administration . . . has failed to take significant measures to prosecute members of the military, police and militias implicated in extrajudicial killings, torture and enforced disappearances," HRW added.

The HRW is an international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights. Its headquarters are in New York City and it has offices in Berlin, Beirut, Brussels, Chicago, Geneva, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Moscow, Paris, San Francisco, Tokyo, Toronto, and Washington.

The George Soros Open Society Foundation is the primary donor of the Human Rights Watch, contributing $100 Million of $128 Million of contributions and grants received by the HRW in the 2011 financial year.

In a related development, the Manila Times quoted Commission on Human Rights Chairman Loretta Rosales as saying that she agreed with many of the US group's complaints.

"At this point, we have a lot of lip service. People are not convinced and I don't blame them," she said during an interview with ABS-CBN television.

"There is no effective reduction [of abuses]," Rosales added.