Philippine rights groups fault military for not bringing suspects to court

Feb. 16, 2010

The Philippine military has been criticized for failing to follow a Supreme Court order to present, in open court, 43 health workers who have been arrested and labeled Communist rebels. The refusal is seen by human rights advocates here as a ‘‘dangerous precedent.’’

Last week, the military was ordered by the Supreme Court to produce the 43 people before the Court of Appeals, which was to hear their habeas corpus petition, but the military refused to do this, saying that it had had difficulty arranging the secure transfer of the individuals from a military camp to the court. Continue reading

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