We have seen it before. We refuse to forget and will continue to resist today.
Statement of Support for the Establishment of a National Monitoring Body for the Prevention of Torture in Places of Detention
Throughout the years, Balay has cultivated a strong partnership with the Commission on Human Rights in the promotion and protection of rights of persons deprived of liberty. We call to mind how, for instance, Balay and other civil society organizations under the United against Torture Coalition (UATC) have worked with the CHR in creating the momentum towards the passage of the Anti-Torture Law in 2009 which, among others, prohibited torture and ill treatment of persons under the custody of persons in authority.
A bill that seeks to prevent torture in places of detention and respect the right of persons deprived of liberty has been filed at the House of Representative last July 23, 2019.
Balay joined the global commemoration of the day when the UN Convention against Torture (UNCAT) took effect with thirty jail officers who participated in a training on torture prevention and promotion of humane treatment of persons deprived of liberty in Pagadian City from June 26 to 29, 2019.