You can help stop torture in the Philippines


What’s been happening?

In the Philippines, no-one arrested by the police is safe from torture. Torture has been a crime in the Philippines since 2009 but despite an increase in reports of torture by police, no-one has been brought to justice.

Torture is a real possibility for anyone arrested in the Philippines, and it is happening to men, women and children. Torture is a crime in the Philippines and by using it during interrogations, the police – sworn to “serve and protect” – have themselves broken the laws they are meant to enforce.

“”I was held on either arm by two men and the third man sat on my lap. The blindfold was removed and replaced by a towel on my face. They commenced to put water over the towel on my face. I had … the sensation of drowning.” – Sixtos Carlos Jr, torture victim from the Philippines.

Although torture is a crime in the Philippines, to date not one torture survivor has seen justice. The few victims who do manage to initiate proceedings against their torturers find themselves confronted with a dauntingly complex criminal and administrative complaints system.

Amnesty International strives to help

Amnesty International’s secretary general Salil Shetty has released a damning report on the ongoing use of torture by the security forces in the Philippines. The report documents horrific stories of abuse across the Philippines – including cases where people received electric shocks, were waterboarded or near-asphyxiated.

Shockingly, a high number of the torture cases in the report occurred when the victims were younger than 18.

The Amnesty report highlights the lack of accountability for torturers and the barriers to justice faced by victim-survivors of torture. Amnesty International are working towards ending torture in the Philippines and now you too can help.

Supporting Amnesty International

The Wishing Well was established in 2010 to offer children in out-of-home care, such as foster care and residential care, a range of healing and treatment options usually not accessible as a free therapy in mainstream health.

The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

The Wishing Well is a not-for-profit incorporated charity organisation, established and managed by people seeking to improve outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care and their families. The Wishing Well recognises the importance of the act of giving. We recognise the significance of the participation of community members and all donations are most appreciated.

The Wishing Well operates ethically, effectively and empathically with a view to achieving quality outcomes and a satisfying working environment, and as such we support organisations that encompass similar ideals.

The Wishing Well gratefully receives donations, funding and resources through bequests, corporate partnerships, fundraising events, grants, online donations and other fund raising activities. Money donated to The Wishing Well enables traumatised children access to healing therapies. Please see our website for more information:

How you can help

Send your message and call on President Aquino to admit the problem and stop the torture. He must show that no one in the Philippines is above the law, not even the police, and that no one gets away with torture.

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