The Philippines desk of the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is publishing audio content in different Filippino languages about issues on human rights that affects the Filipino people, from the ordinary people and nameless to those known, inside and outside the country. The AHRC is a regional non-governmental human rights organisation based in Hong Kong.
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Arnel Cambo, an indigenous villager, talks about the threat on his life and the hearsay of extrajudicial killings at a banana plantation.
Loreto Cambo, an indigenous villager, talks about the threat on him and his family when they demanded to have their ancestral land given to them.
A commentary on the killing of a lawyer’s wife and two others in Cebu.
A commentary on how the policemen investigating the killing of judges and lawyers in Ilocos Norte used the “lack of witnesses and sufficient evidence” as justification to exonerate themselves.
A commentary on the implications to protection of human rights with the arrest of policemen involved in robbery, illegal drugs and rape.
A commentary on the excessive cost of bail for temporary release of poor persons.
A commentary on the lack of legal protection for arrested criminal suspects in police custody.
Ronald Allan Mascardo, a local publisher of Dadiangas Balita, gets death threats for condemning the killers of another journalist, Chris Guarin.
The importance of the trial of Temogen “Cocoy” Tulawie, an activist in Sulu, Mindanao, who is prosecuted over forced confessions.
Leonardo Borja, a tricycle driver, talks about how a village chief, an elected government official, and his militia assaulted him over false allegation.
The second of part of the discourse focus on what should have been the role of the UN Treaty Bodies in improving the domestic protection mechanism of a State Party.
Recorded in two parts, this is a discourse about the obstacles in the ongoing consultation on UN Treaty Body reform.
A discourse about what is the meaning of the equality before the law and how it is grossly misunderstood.
Riel Custodio, one of the five torture victims in a high-profile case known as “Tagaytay 5”, talks about how he and his companions were kept in secret and tortured inside the police and military camps.
Basil Fernando, programme director for the AHRC, talks about how the people and their society suffered as a result of the practice of police torture. He shares his experience in working against police torture in his country, Sri Lanka.
Recorded on the first day of the airstrike on Libya, this is a discourse on the importance of the need to understand the realities of a country’s social and political condition for any intervention for change to be effective.
An elderly torture victim, who asked not to be named, shares his insight on how his experience had an effect on him, his family and his colleagues.
In this cast, Osmalic Ladia recalls how the soldiers killed his friend, Bacar Japalali and the latter’s wife, Carmen, in Tagum City 2004. Ladia continues to testify in court trials knowing full well the risk on his life.
This is a discourse about the importance of documenting the life of Filipinos suffering contemporary forms of oppression. Oppression thrives, apart from it being a byproduct of an oppressive system of justice, but also the absence of an extensive documentation that illustrates how the people suffer from it.
In the second part of this interview, Sarmiguela Eroela, explains that she and her family have developed and cultivated the land for the last 42 years. None of her landlord’s children or grand children had done anything. Her neighbors in the village and the village officials can also testify to this fact.
Sarmiguela, who could not read and write, has asked her children to collect the documents regarding the transfer of ownership of the land from the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Antipas, Cotabato. However, the staff members of the DAR had numerous excuses to purposely either prevent or frustrate them from obtaining the copies of the documents regarding the questionable transfer of ownership.
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