Philippines welcomes EU human-rights experts

Jun. 20, 2007

MANILA — Press Secretary Ignacio R. Bunye welcomed today the arrival of experts from the European Union (EU) who are out to help the government investigate and solve the cases of unexplained killings in the country.

The team of EU experts is on a 10-day mission to provide technical assistance to help the government in the investigation and prosecution of the perpetrators.

“We welcome all well-meaning friends who are out to assist the Philippines put an end once and for all to this problem,” Bunye said in a press briefing this afternoon in Malacanang.

“They have the expertise that we lack, and I believe this would be the opportune time to ask the representatives of the European Union for this type of assistance,” Bunye added.

He cited the Philippines lack of a DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) testing facility which could greatly help in the investigations and provide solution to the killings.

“Because, as you are probably aware, some graves have been discovered and some are in the process of being dug up and we will need DNA testing facilities with the assistance of the European Union,” he said.

Among the EU experts are prosecutors who could also help in establishing special courts, training judges and prosecutors, as well as strengthening the countrys witness protection program.

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