Amnesty International: P-Noy has done little to improve human rights in PH
(SPOT.ph) According to human rights group Amnesty International, President Noynoy Aquino has not done enough to improve human rights in the Philippines, reports ABS-CBN News. This assessment was released on June 10 in the report "Progress, Stagnation, Regression? The State of Human Rights in the Philippines under Aquino."
"Little progress, poor, slow, far in between, sometimes even inconsistent," said Amnesty International's Local Director Dr. Aurora Parong when describing how Aquino handled matters on extrajudicial killings, disappearances, and torture, among others.
In its report, the group said that Aquino failed to improve any of the 26 human rights action points raised when he assumed leadership last year-like how he has not released an executive order stating his commitment to stop enforced disappearances and certifying a protocol against torture and other cruel forms of punishment.
The group also said that Aquino has not disarmed or disbanded any private army nor has he revoked the use of militias and paramilitary groups in counter-insurgency operations-a promise he made during his presidential campaign after the peak of the Maguindanao massacre.
Amnesty International commended Aquino for improvements in the Witness Protection Act but suggested to make the Reproductive Health Bill issue a priority. The report also pushed for the creation of a presidential accountability commission to address human rights matters, and to adopt a national human rights action plan as a framework for human rights agencies.