Rights Group: Police Torture in Philippines Rife

December 4, 2014 2:23 AM

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Amnesty International says that five years after the Philippines passed a law criminalizing torture, the practice continues, with an overstretched police force resorting to "shortcuts" to extract confessions from criminal suspects.

The Philippine National Police has acknowledged violations persist but say they have taken action against erring officers and that cases have drastically declined, saying the Commission on Human Rights reported just six last year from 68 in 2011.

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