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|Sunday, December 23, 2012|
Philippines president signs law criminalizing enforced disappearances
Peter Snyder at 12:58 PM ET
In March the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights cited [JURIST report] enforced disappearances as one of the most heinous crimes during her opening statement [text] to the Committee on Enforced Disappearances.The International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance [text] was signed [JURIST report] in 2007 by at least 57 countries, but has not been ratified by the required 20 to take effect. In August 2011 the UN called for all states to end [JURIST report] the "heinous crime" of enforced or involuntary disappearances. Enforced disappearances refers to the practice of placing people in secret detentions for weeks or months without ever being brought before a judge. Some victims of the practice say they were tortured during their detainment. According to HRW "Under [Philippine] President Ferdinand Marcos, enforced disappearances were rampant, as the military and police routinely rounded up activists and suspected communist rebels and supporters."
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