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An association of torture survivors and former political detainees  was able to access livelihood support from the  Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) under the Comprehensive Program for the Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and their Families (CPRTV) as provided under Section 19 the Anti Torture Act or Republic Act 9745.

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Balay Executive Director Josephine Lascano conveyed her solidarity with the Danish people who commemorated the 63rd year since Denmark was established as Constitutional Monarchy. She also congratulated the Government of Denmark led by Queen Margrethe II and Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen on the occasion of their Constitution Day in a dinner organized by the Danish Embassy in Baluarte de San Diego in Intramuros on June 6, 2016.

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Three torture survivors fear for their safety following the torment they suffered from members of a paramilitary group in  Brgy. Demoloc in Malita, Davao Occidental.  Based on interviews and sworn statement gathered by Balay documenters, the victims – two of whom are minors -  were forced by an army sergeant and members of the Special CAFGU Auxiliary Force (SCAA) to admit that they conspired with each other to steal from a neighbourhood store last February 2016.

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Press Release: Human rights group decries Duterte’s proposal for death by hanging and shoot-to-kill order to curb criminality

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The Balay Rehabilitation Center has asked the tough-talking president-apparent Rodrigo Duterte to be mindful of what he says following his proposal to impose death by hanging as a penalty to curtail the rampant criminality in the country.  The human rights group  also raised grave concern that the  ‘shoot-to-kill’ policy of the former Davao Mayor is a threat to the right to life and can open the flood gates for abuse by law enforcers and trigger the disregard for the rule of law. 

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AN APPEAL TO PRESIDENT AQUINO AND THE LAWMAKERS

PROTECT THE IDPs, STRENGTHEN DURABLE SOLUTIONS

For many decades now, the communities in many parts of Mindanao have repeatedly experienced armed conflict and militarization resulting to their forced evacuation and displacement from their homelands. Thousands of indigenous peoples, pastoralists, and land tillers in other parts of the country have also been involuntarily separated from their farms and ancestral domain due to social violence and intrusion of exploitative big business and extractive industries. Moreover, the recurrence of extreme weather events and destructive geological and oceanic phenomenon aggravated by climate change have made many communities vulnerable to producing more “disaster IDPs” in the country.

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