Philippines: Human rights activists detained
There is concern for the safety of two human rights activists, Niel Ballesteros and his wife Ma. Socorro. He works with the Kongreso ng Pagkakaisa ng Maralitang Lungsod (KPML), an organization working with the poor. She is a human rights official with Amnesty International's national office of the Philippines. They were detained for several hours on the night of 11/12 October by six men believed to be military agents. Since their release, their house has been kept under surveillance and the family are now in hiding. There is concern that their abduction and subsequent harassment may have been linked to their human rights activities.