US rights report to move Philippine agencies to improve

Local journalists protest at the Malacanang Palace in Manila, on November 23, 2012, to commemorate the third anniversary of the November 23 Maguindanao massacreA US government report criticising the Philippines for failing to stamp out extra-judicial killings will help Manila improve human rights safeguards, a presidential spokeswoman said on Saturday. The US State Department’s global annual human rights report, released Thursday, said: “The (Philippine) government continued to investigate and prosecute only a limited number of reported human rights abuses, and concerns about impunity persisted”. The “most significant human rights problems continued to be extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances undertaken by security forces”, it added.

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