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Kin of 5 Slain Journalists File Raps Vs. Philippine Gov’t Before UN Body

Saturday, March 12, 2011

 Kin of 5 Slain Journalists File Raps Vs. Philippine Gov’t Before UN Body

By RONALYN V. OLEA
Bulatlat.com

MANILA – Finding no justice here in the Philippines, families of five slain journalists in Mindanao have filed complaints against the Philippine government before the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC).

The families of journalists Dennis Cuesta, Maricel Vigo, Juan Pala, Fernando Lintuan, and William Yap Yu said that the Philippine government violated the right to life of their loved ones under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The Philippines is a signatory to the ICCPR. They filed the complaint on March 4.

The five journalists were killed in separate instances across a time span of eight years, from 2000 to 2008. No one has been convicted for these murders.

Harry Roque of the CenterLaw Philippines and one of the lawyers of the families said “the woeful response by the Philippines to these murders has contributed to the impunity for media killings in the country, culminating in the tragic Maguindanao massacre of 2009.”

“It’s not surprising that we’re ranked by the CPJ [Committee to Protect Journalists] as the third deadliest country in the world for journalists to work in – and what is the government doing to address this issue? What has it done for these families?” Roque said..... MORE

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