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.
The ardent moves in Congress to lower the age of criminal liability from 15 to 9 years old reflects the weakness, if not utter lack, of rehabilitation programs in the country.
MyPeace Boses ng Kabataan, a youth-led group, launched an information dissemination campaign on the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) with a forum on BOL and civilian peacekeeping at Aleosan National High School in North Cotabato last October 5.
The passage of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) last July 2018 gives hope for a lasting peace in Mindanao. There is, however, much work to be done in defining the areas of the Bangsamoro, setting up governance structures, and, putting into motion administrative agreements.