PHL ratifies anti-torture protocol

April 28, 2012 1:03 am 

MANILA, April 27 — The Philippines has ratified the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (OPCAT), a move welcomed by the European Union in Brussels.

The EU Delegation in Manila has supported and funded Philippine programs along such human rights violations.

The EU High Representative Catherine Ashton said that with the accession, "the Philippines has further reinforced its commitment to the complete eradication of torture.”

The ratification on April 17 came a few months after the Philippines also acceded to the Rome Statute on August 30. Of this step, Ashton remarked that it “demonstrated the Philippine government's strong commitment in favor of promoting human rights."

Ashton is the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice President of the Commission. (PNA)

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