Philippines: Justice for torture survivor Dave Enriquez
In 2012, Dave Enriquez, a young bakery worker in the Philippines, was arrested and accused of stealing two roosters. In the police station, Dave, who suffers from intellectual disabilities, wasn’t allowed to contact his lawyer or family. Instead, four policemen beat Dave with a wooden paddle, pounded his fingers with a stapler and banged his head against the metal gate of his cell.
Dave has been since been released, however, a complaint filed against the police, with support from the Philippine Commission on Human Rights, was dismissed by the prosecutor’s office. No one has been held responsible.
In recent years reports of torture have risen dramatically in the Philippines, but to date not one torture survivor has obtained justice. The few victims who do manage to initiate proceedings against their torturers find themselves confronted with a dauntingly complex criminal and administrative complaints system.
In December 2014, following the launch of an Amnesty International report on the police use of torture, the Philippines’ Senate opened an official inquiry to address the allegations raised in Amnesty’s report. The Senate inquiry provides an opportunity to streamline the complex administrative accountability mechanisms currently in place.
Please send a letter, email or Tweet, calling on Senator Poe, Chair of the Senate Committee on Public Order to guarantee that, no one in the Philippines is above the law—not even the police.
- Start with Dear Senator Poe.
- Write a sentence about yourself.
- Note that Dave Enriquez’s torturers must be brought to justice. No one should get away with torture. Call on Senatoe Poe to ensure Dave Enriquez receives justice.
- Urge Senator Poe to expedite the review of Dave Enriquez’s case and facilitate the bringing of charges in court against those responsible.
- Ensure that justice is obtained by victims through prompt, impartial, independent and effective investigations into all reports of torture and other ill-treatment by law enforcement officials, leading to robust prosecutions in court – including by setting up the Inter-Agency Committee on Extra-legal Killings, Enforced Disappearances, Torture and other Grave Violations.
- And call on Senator Poe to ensure the ongoing senate inquiry progresses effectively with a view to review existing accountability mechanisms and establish an independent police complaint commission to effectively investigate complaints against police officers.
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Want to do more?
- Send a Tweet: @sengracepoe #stoptorture. No one is above the law. Senate inquiry must establish independent police complaint commission
- Send a copy of your letter or email to the Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.
Department of Justice Secretary
Leila de Lima
Padre Faura Street
Ermita, Manila 1000
Republic of the Philippines
Salutation: Dear Madame Secretary
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