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.
Today, Balay marks the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture with deep sadness and anger. We join those who mourn and denounce the death of Genesis Argoncillo, 22, and call on authorities to hold accountable those who allowed his death to happen.
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.