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‘Philippine Military Has Its Own Abu Ghraib’

Posted by lenolea on June 26, 2009

In protest rally in front of Nica building, human-rights groups denounce the continuing use of torture. They likewise commemorate the third year of the disappearance of UP students and activists Sherlyn Cadapan and Karen Empeño. Edita Burgos says the promotion to colonel of three officials linked to the abduction of her son Jonas will encourage more atrocities.

MANILA – Human-rights group slammed on Friday the continuing practice of torture by state security forces in the Philippines as the world commemorates the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Karapatan, the human-rights group, led a picket protest in front of the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency (NICA) compound in Quezon City this morning.

“We join the world in condemning torture. We remember the sufferings inflicted on our friends Melissa [Roxas], UP students Karen Empeño and Sherlyn Cadapan, farmers Raymond and Reynaldo Manalo and many others,” said Renato M. Reyes Jr., the secretary-general of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, one of the groups that protested.

The Arroyo regime, Reyes said, “is responsible for these atrocities through its counter-insurgency program that targets even unarmed activists.”

Roxas, a 31-year-old Filipino-American, was allegedly abducted and tortured by suspected elements of the Philippine military last May.

‘Philippine Military Has Its Own Abu Ghraib’

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