Silenced: Extrajudicial killings and Torture in the Philippines


The cases featured in Silenced: Extrajudicial Killings and Torture in the Philippines were part of Human Rights Case Watch, a project supported by The Asia Foundation and the United States Agency for International Development in which VERA Files partnered with community journalists to revisit select human rights cases.The project was essentially an experiment. It set out to test a conclusion lawyer Al Parreño arrived at after analyzing hundreds of cases of extrajudicial killings from 2001 to 2010 in a study also funded by The Asia Foundation. Parreño’s had observed that cases progressed whether in the investigation or litigation phase largely because of media attention. Without media coverage, they languished in clogged court dockets or the rusty filing cabinets of local police precincts and prosecutors, and were mostly forgotten.VERA Files took up the challenge of returning to a handful of cases and writing about them to see whether official action might come out of renewed coverage. It selected cases and matched them with experienced local journalists who knew how to pick up the trail of
the cases, many of which had gone cold.

Source InstitutionThe Asia Foundation
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Page Count200
Place of PublicationManila
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