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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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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Forty youth and community leaders gathered in the Holy Trinity Parish Church in Sampaloc, Manila on February 25, 2019 to discuss the implication of confining child offenders as young as nine years old in juvenile detention homes as proposed by the House of Representatives. The activity was organized by Pagkakaisa ng Sambayanan ng Balic-Balic (Pasamba) – an association of residents who live in areas where children who subsists in the streets or loiter in public spaces  are at risk of being accosted by authorities in line with the government’s campaign  against criminality and illegal drugs.

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Experts from various disciplines participated in a three-day workshop on enhancing their abilities to conduct monitoring visits in places where persons are deprived of liberty and to prevent torture and ill treatment from taking place. The event was organized through the collaboration of the Balay Rehabilitation Center, the Danish Institute against Torture (DIGNITY), and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR). It was held in Microtel Technohub in Quezon City on February 21-23, 2019.

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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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