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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Twelve sitting senators have expressed support to the call of child rights advocates to not pass the bill that seeks to consider as criminals children as young as 12 years old who are in conflict with the law.  This was reported by representatives of the children’s coalition who talked to lawmakers at the resumption of the senate session on May 20, 2019.

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Balay Rehabilitation Center and the regional office of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) in Region IX have formalized their commitment to promote human rights and freedom from torture of persons deprived of liberty in Western Mindanao through a Memorandum of Agreement signed by the heads of both organizations in Pagadian City on April 23,  2019.

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BALAY Rehabilitation Center in partnership with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) organized a psychoeducation activity to help jail personnel manage their work-related stress and  treat better the persons detained in their facility.  A total of 30 jail officers from Metro Manila District Jail 5 (MMDJ5)  participated in two separate workshops on stress management and self-care held in Tanay, Rizal on  March 2019.

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Statement: Marcos’ Crimes Will Never Be Forgotten

Balay stands alongside martial law victims and activists against the burial of the late president Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (LnMB). The LnMB is a national shrine meant to pay tribute to those who sacrificed their lives and brought honor to our country. It is meant to be the final resting place of dignified soldiers, heroes and martyrs. The burial of Ferdinand Marcos will defeat the very essence of LnMB.

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Statement: Promoting public safety and security is about observance of and respect for human rights and the rule of law

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The wanton  disregard for law, rising criminality, terrorism and insurgency has created in the public mind  an impression of a chaotic and dangerous society. Reports about murder and other crimes – many of which are related to drug use and abuse -  have become staple news that tend to jar one’s senses, resulting either to a feeling of helplessness or to utter loss of trust on authorities to protect the right of citizens against lawless violence. 

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Solidarity Message: "Torture is a crime under international law and cannot be justified under any circumstances." - Dignity

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.

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