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Survivors of torture and extra-judicial killings, young people, and human rights defenders  demand from the Duterte administration to  put an end to ‘abusive police force’ and asked the Department of Justice to ensure accountability of state authorities and the delivery of justice, especially to the poor. They raised this call during the commemoration of the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture in a public action organized by the United against Torture Coalition (UATC) on June 26.

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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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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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