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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Human Rights Violations by Security Forces in the Philippines

Wednesday, July 15, 2015 - 9:30am
Room 2322 of the Rayburn House Office Building


Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a congressional staff briefing on human rights violations by security forces in the Philippines.

Security forces are responsible for the most significant human rights concerns in the country, including extrajudicial killings, harassment, disappearances, illegal arrests and torture. According to the State Department’s 2014 Human Rights Report, “The most significant human rights problems continued to be extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearance undertaken by security forces and suspected vigilante groups; a weak and overburdened criminal justice system notable for poor cooperation between police and investigators, a meager record of prosecutions and lengthy procedural delays; and widespread official corruption and abuse of power."

Panelists will describe the current situation in the Philippines and provide personal accounts of abuse at the hands of security forces.

If you have any questions please contact Lena Smith (for Rep. Pitts) at 202-225-4576 or or Kimberly Stanton (for Rep. McGovern) at 202-225-3599 or

Hosted by:

Joseph R. Pitts, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC
James P. McGovern, M.C.
Co-Chairman, TLHRC


  • Bishop Solito Toquero, Bishop (retired) of the United Methodist Church and former Resident Bishop of the UMC Namila Episcopal Area
  • Amaryllis (Marie) Hilao-Enriquez, Chairperson of KARAPATAN (National Alliance for the Advancement of Human Rights
  • Marieta Corpuz, General Secretary of Samahan ng Katutubo sa Sierra Madre (SKSM)
  • T. Kumar, International Advocacy Directory for Amnesty International USA
  • Brian Campbell, Legal Advisor and Steering Committee member for the U.S.-based Ecumenical Advocacy Network on the Philippines (EANP)
114th Congress