Join with Amnesty International to stop police torture in the Philippines
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. Dave’s story is no exception.
In 2012, Dave, a young bakery worker in the Philippines, was arrested and accused of stealing two roosters. In the police station, Dave, who suffers from intellectual disabilities, wasn’t allowed to contact his lawyer or family. Instead, four policemen beat Dave with a wooden paddle, pounded his fingers with a stapler and banged his head against the metal gate of his cell.
Dave has been since been released, and together with his family, he has filed a complaint against the police. However the complaint was dismissed. No one has been held responsible.
Amnesty International’s efforts
Amnesty International is a global movement of more than 7 million people who take injustice personally. They are campaigning for a world where human rights are enjoyed by all. They investigate and expose the facts, whenever and wherever abuses happen. They lobby governments, and other powerful groups such as companies. Making sure they keep their promises and respect international law.
By telling the powerful stories of the people they work with, they mobilize millions of supporters around the world to campaign for change and to stand in defence of activists on the frontline. They support people to claim their rights through education and training.
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How you can help
In recent years reports of torture have risen dramatically in the Philippines, but to date not one torture survivor has obtained justice. Why? The system for reporting police torture is extremely complicated and investigations and prosecutions are flawed.
You can join with Amnesty International and call on Senator Poe, Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Order, and Secretary of Justice de Lima to admit the problem and stop the torture. No one in the Philippines is above the law, not even the police. Dave’s torturers must be brought to justice and no one should get away with torture.