A Philippine Human Rights NGO providing Psychosocial Services and Rehabilitation to Internally Displaced Persons and Survivors of Torture and Organized Violence.

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Around 7,000 Muslim men and women gathered at the Mahad Mindanao, Pikit, North Cotabato to participate in a peace rally last June 15 during the Ei'dul Fitr to mark the end of Ramadan. The peace rally calls on the government to restore the original version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) crafted by the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC).

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Balay Rehabilitation Center and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) have formalized their commitment to promote human rights and freedom from torture of persons deprived of liberty for the next three years.  This was contained in a Memorandum of Agreement signed by the heads of both organizations in the BJMP National Headquarters on  June 4, 2018.

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Ninety six detainees charged with political offense gained their freedom after nearly five years of imprisonment from the Security Intensive Care Area 2 in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan on  May 28, 2018. The Regional Trial Court Branch 158 in Pasig City ordered their release after they agreed to a plea bargaining agreement that lowered their charge of rebellion to being accessories to sedition.  

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Balay warns of human rights violations as Anti-Tambay Campaign intensifies

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Balay expressed dismay over  the arrest of thousands of  civilians following the order of President Duterte of a crackdown against “tambays” or nighttime idlers in  streets whom he considers as  “potential trouble for the public” last June 13. The intensified police operations have resulted to 7,290 arrests in Metro Manila and the suspected death due to torture of a detainee in a police lock up jail in Quezon City, a week after the chief executive issued the directive to police officers.

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STATEMENT: An Appeal For the Concerned Authorities to Uphold Civilian Protection in the Ongoing Military Operations Against the BIFF and to Establish Durable Solutions to the Conflict in the Bangsamoro

As a network of humanitarians, peace advocates, and human rights defenders, we call on concerned local government units and the military authorities to uphold humanitarian protection and to take steps to ensure civilian safety and welfare in the ongoing military campaign against the members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in and around the Liguasan Marsh in North Cotabato and Maguindanao.

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Press Release: Balay urged parties in conflict to ensure protection of civilians in the on-going military- BIFF clashes

Balay has called on concerned local government units and the military authorities to uphold humanitarian protection and to take steps to ensure civilian safety and welfare following the   reported deaths of a pregnant woman and a 14-year old boy at the height of mortar shelling operations initiated by the armed forces against members of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) in the areas around the Liguasan Marsh in North Cotabato and Maguindanao. since June 10.

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