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[CAT] FIACAT and ACAT Philippines’ alternative report to the second periodic report of Philippines

April 2009

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FIACAT and ACAT Philippines’ alternative report to the second periodic report of Philippines

On 18 June 1986, the Philippines ratified the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. In accordance with article 19 of this text, it recognised the jurisdiction of the Committee against Torture (CAT).

On April 28, 1989, Philippines Government has published its first review. It was expected by the Committee in June 1988.

FIACAT and ACAT Philippines are honoured to be able to present to the United Nations Committee against Torture (CAT) their concerns set out below regarding the implementation by the Philippines of the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

This report is to be delivered during the 42nd session of the Committee against Torture that will be held in Geneva between 27 April and 15 May 2009 during which Philippines second review will be examined, 16 years late. This review replaces the second, third, fourth and fifth periodic reviews.

This alternative report is divided into three parts:

- The introduction outlines the general international and legal framework on human rights protection and the political situation in the Philippines.
- Part two analyses, article by article, implementation nationally by the Philippines of the Convention against Torture.
- The report concludes with a series of recommendations made by FIACAT and ACAT Philippines to the Committee against Torture.

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