• The administration of President Benigno Aquino III is sending mixed signals about its commitment to improve human rights in the Philippines. Although the number of cases of extrajudicial killings, torture, and enforced disappearances by state security forces has declined in recent years, such abuses regularly occur.  They are fueled by the government’s lack of political will to end the longstanding impunity enjoyed by the police and armed forces, a dysfunctional criminal justice system, and military resistance to accountability. Those responsible need to be brought to justice for the killings of activists and journalists.

  • Journalists light candles for their colleagues killed in Maguindanao province in 2009, at the EDSA shrine in Mandaluyong city, Metro Manila on November 23, 2014.
    The Philippine government of President Benigno Aquino III should take decisive action against torture and extrajudicial killings by the police and other state security forces, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2015.