The United against Torture Coalition has expressed support to the policy of president-elect Rodrigo Duterte to rid the ranks of the Philippine National Police of corruption and to severe all alleged links of law enforcers with criminal groups in effectively fulfilling their mission to protect the rights and security of the public.
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.
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.
For more than thirty years DIGNITY – the Danish Institute Against Torture – has specialized in the prevention of torture and ill-treatment, and the rehabilitation of torture survivors. International collaboration with human rights organizations like Balay, aimed at diminishing the after-effects of torture and preventing the use of torture and ill treatment, is at the heart of DIGNITY’s work.
“Today, the IRCT joins hands with Balay and the United Against Torture Coalition in commemorating the UN International Day in Support of Torture Victims. We honour the memory of all those who are no longer with us, and continue to support those who still are. We pay tribute to the commitment, tireless effort and excellent work done by NGOs and civil society organisations in the Philippines in fighting torture and impunity.
A network of 30 independent civil society organizations and representatives from government agencies and security forces will hold a run to affirm the state’s policy to prohibit torture and penalize perpetrators on June 25, 2016. The activity will take place in time for the worldwide observance of the International Day in Support for Victims of Torture.