|PHILIPPINES||Ruel Munasque (m), aged 33, Christian community worker|
Enforced disappearances and killings of activists and members of left-leaning organisations by elements within the military have increased in the Philippines since President Arroyo came into power in 2001. There have been at least 18 reported enforced disappearances so far in 2007.
The NPA has been waging an insurgency campaign in the Philippines since the 1960s. Tolerance of enforced disappearances and political killings are thought to be part of the Government’s counter- insurgency campaign. Amnesty International is concerned that the government has failed to resolve the cases of people who have been subjected to enforced disappearance and to confront the issue of impunity. There are concerns that a persistent climate of impunity, and weaknesses in legal and procedural safeguards protecting the rights of suspects and detainees, are allowing enforced disappearances to take place periodically today. Victims include suspected insurgents and, civilians suspected of being sympathetic to the NPA or another armed group operating in Midanao, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
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- expressing concern for the safety of Ruel Munasque, who was abducted by soldiers on 24 October;
- urging the authorities to establish his whereabouts immediately, and guarantee that he will not be tortured, ill-treated or killed in detention;
- calling on the authorities to ensure that Ruel Munasque is given immediate access to his relatives, lawyer and any medical care he may need;
- calling for Ruel Munasque to be released immediately or charged with a recognizably criminal offence;
- urging the authorities to send a clear message to all armed forces personnel that human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, will not be tolerated under any circumstances and that those found responsible will be brought to justice.
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