Philippines: Not forgotten, the fate of the “disappeared”

This report examines how patterns of “disappearances” emerged within a context of armed conflict and counter-insurgency campaigns. It includes a number of case studies of people who have “disappeared” in the Philippines. Although the cases listed represent only a small proportion of the hundreds of others who have “disappeared” since the early 1970s they form an illustrative testament to the pain of the victims and the prolonged suffering of their families. While recognising the steady decline in the number of “disappearances” as the scale and intensity of armed conflict has waned in recent years, Amnesty International asserts that the truth about the past human rights violations in the Philippines must not be set aside or forgotten.

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