Scared Silent: Impunity for Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines

Scared Silent

Impunity for Extrajudicial Killings in the Philippines

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I. Summary

II. Methods

III. Recent Military Relations with Government and Civil Society

Military involvement in politics

Military campaign against the New People’s Army

The military and leftist political and civil society groups

Recent Developments

Task Force Usig

Melo Commission

Visit by the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial Executions

IV. Extrajudicial Executions

Extrajudicial executions

V. Failures to Investigate and Prosecute

Lack of Successful Prosecutions

“Solved” cases unsolved

Poor policing

Harassment of families and acquaintances following killings

Witnesses and victims’ families’ fears of retribution

Impediments to investigating military involvement in political killings

Identification of NPA as perpetrators

Police identification of unlikely perpetrators

Threats and Harassment of human rights lawyers

Harassment of international human rights workers

VI. Recommendations

To the President

To the Armed Forces of the Philippines

To the Philippines National Police

To the Judiciary


To the United States

VII. Acknowledgments


June 2007 Volume 19, No. 9(C)