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US rights group blasts Noynoy for failing to check abuses By Michaela P. del Callar 01/26/2011

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

US rights group blasts Noynoy for failing to check abuses

By Michaela P. del Callar 01/26/2011
A prominent human rights watchdog yesterday blasted President Aquino for failing to live up to his commitment in providing justice for human rights abuses, eradicate private armies and address impunity by the Philippine police and military.

New York-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) said seven months into his presidency, Aquino’s government “has taken insufficient steps to hold perpetrators of killings and other abuses accountable.

“President Aquino came to office promising that human rights would be a top priority,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “But talk is cheap, so long as security forces remain unaccountable for violent abuses.”

In its 649-page World Report 2011, HRW described the Philippines as a multiparty democracy with a thriving civil society and vibrant media, but observed that law enforcement agencies and the military and police commit human rights violations with impunity.

The report is the group’s 21st annual review of human rights practices around the globe, which summarizes major human rights trends in more than 90 countries and territories worldwide..... MORE

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