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August, 2009


Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

August 28, 2009 · 

The Church’s social teaching is a rich treasure of wisdom about building a just society and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents. The depth and richness of this tradition can be understood best through a […]

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The Anti-Torture Law: a good advance but misses out on non-state torture

August 25, 2009 ·  By Robert Francis B. Garcia, Soliman M. Santos, Jr.

“Torture is torture, whoever does it. The same is true of terrorism.” – C. Douglas Lumis, Terror and the Terrorist (Penang: Multiversity & Citizens International, 2008) The Philippines finally has an Anti-Torture Law, one which legally defines and penalizes torture, as well as provides remedies and redress for its victims. This is definitely a most […]

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The Use of Torture in the Philippines

August 20, 2009 ·  , http://www.opcatph.org/

What is Torture? The term “torture” means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession, punishing him for an act he or a third person has committed or is suspected […]

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The Condition of Philippine Prisons and Jails

August 20, 2009 ·  , http://www.opcatph.org/

THE OPCAT REPORT The Optional Protocol to the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) The Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman, or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT) is an international treaty which was adopted by an overwhelming majority at the UN […]

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THE SITUATION OF THE PHILIPPINE PENITENTIARIES

August 20, 2009 · 

An Update on the Study on the Condition of Jails and Correctional Institutions in the Country Commission on Human Rights Universal standards applicable to everyone have been established with respect to prohibitions that exist in national and international laws against any form of treatment or punishment which violates human rights or fundamental freedoms. Article 5 […]

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United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners

August 20, 2009 · 

Adopted August 30, 1955, by the First United Nations Congress on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders, U.N. Doc. A/CONF/611, annex I, E.S.C. res. 663C, 24 U.N. ESCOR Supp. (No. 1) at 11, U.N. Doc. E/3048 (1957), amended E.S.C. res. 2076, 62 U.N. ESCOR Supp. (No. 1) at 35, U.N. Doc. E/5988 […]

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