Bakit Bakwit? (Why Bakwit?) is an initiative of CSA Core Volunteers in partnership with Human Rights Online Philippines and Balay Rehabilitation Center to raise awareness, popularize the issues of internally displaced people and upholding their rights as citizens.
Since the enactment of R.A. 9745 or the Anti-Torture Law of 2009 and its implementing rules and regulations, Balay has worked with its partners in the Philippines to facilitate the right to rehabilitation of torture survivors and their families. Balay provides psychosocial care and other therapeutic support after the case managers have determined the areas of intervention that matters for the survivors based on their participatory needs assessment.The organization also help survivors to access financial assistance through the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Balay Rehabilitation Center, continues to lobby for the National Preventive Mechanism in Congress. The center has held talks with legislators Senator Aquilino Pimentel III and Cong. John Christopher Belmonte to push its establishment. The Philippines has ratified, along with 13 International Human Rights Treaties, the Optional Protocol in the Convention Against Torture. One of the requirements of the treaty is that the State Party must establish a National Preventive Mechanism that would act as independent body with the sole purpose of preventing torture in vulnerable areas and places of detention.
The United Against Torture Coalition (UATC), together with partner organizations commemorates the UN International Day in Support for Victims of Torture every 26th of June through the Basta! Run against Torture (BRAT). This yearly activity provides a platform for CSOs, stakeholders and key government agencies to campaign for the full implementation of the Anti-Torture Law through public action.