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Aquino’s 100 Days in Office

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Human Rights Watch reports:

Human Rights Watch urged Aquino to fulfill his campaign commitments to abolish “private armies,” provide justice for human rights abuses, and address impunity by the police and military.  Aquino has yet to address these persistent problems with any long-term measures, Human Rights Watch said.

“President Aquino came into office with a mandate to abolish abusive forces and pursue justice for serious abuses,” said Elaine Pearson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch.  “He made impassioned promises, but 100 days on we’re still waiting for action.”

Since Aquino took office on June 30, 2010, human rights organizations have reported killings of 3 journalists and 16 leftist activists. In the last 100 days, there have been no convictions for the hundreds of politically motivated killings over the past decade in which the security forces were implicated.

Aquino has directed the security forces to take control of official paramilitary forces, properly train them, and ensure that all forces are insulated from political entities. However, he continues to defend the use of these forces, which often provide manpower for private armies and have a history of perpetrating rights abuses. Nor has his administration imposed tougher controls on weapons procurement by local governments.

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