Amnesty Int'l challenges presidential aspirants on human rights issues

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Amnesty International Philippines asks presidentiables to make human rights a priority.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Non-profit organization Amnesty International Philippines urged presidential aspirants on Monday (December 7) to make a firm commitment to implement measures that promote human rights protection when they are elected next year.

But with about six months before the 2016 national polls, the group said none of the presidentiables seem to have a clear human rights platform.

The group wants the next administration to consider a five-point agenda on human rights issues.

Among the recommendations is the creation of a presidential commission that will be dedicated to reviewing cases of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances for at least the past ten years.

Amnesty International Philippines also wants the next president to revoke Executive Order 546, which authorizes the national police to support the military in its counterinsurgency work, including the use of paramilitary groups.

The group appealed to the public to consider human rights issues in choosing the next administration.

Amnesty International Philippines chairperson Ritz Santos said they will not push for any particular candidate, but at the same time, they are direct in speaking against the policies of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

Duterte, known as "The Punisher," is vocal in carrying out summary killings of criminals in Davao.

Amnesty International Philippines said it has reached out to the presidential aspirants about their stand on human rights issues but none has responded so far.

"Nung November 27 nagpadala kami ng sulat sa five major presidential aspirants and nakakalungkot na walang isang nagrespond. Walang nagrespond kung anong human rights agenda sa pagtakbo nila ngayong eleksyon," said Chairperson Ritz Santos III.