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Radio Australia: Steven Rood Discusses Human Rights in the Philippines

June 30, 2011 — Reporter Alma Mistry from Radio Australia’s “Asia Pacific” (online and radio) segment interviewed The Asia Foundation’s Steven Rood about Filipino reactions to President Benigno Aquino’s attempt to crack down on human rights violators. New reports from Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have found that political killings, abductions, and torture have continued since President Aquino took office. Rood explains that progress is being made, but the progress is slow. “The human rights tend not to come from the central state but rather come from local political warlords or actors who don’t like what local journalists are saying and that requires the enforcement arm of the state to try and end that era of impunity. There hasn’t been as much progress against that and that’s because of the slow pace of the Philippines courts,” say Rood. Listen to the broadcast: “Philippines still troubled by culture of impunity.”

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