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On November 23, 2009, 57 people - 32 of whom are journalists - were massacred in Ampatuan, Maguindanao province in southern Mindanao. The massacre caught international attention because of the large number of journalist killed in a single incident and the direct involvement of elected officials, police and militiamen.

While the prime suspect, Datu Andal Ampatuan Jr., has since been detained following his arrest and is now facing trial for murder, the other 197 people allegedly involved were only included in the charge of murder on February 5, 2010 after the Department of Justice (DoJ) resolved that they should be taken for trial.

The filing of charges against the perpetrators is part of the lengthy and tedious process of ensuring the perpetrators are held to account. Seeking legal remedies in the Philippine's system of justice had been perpetually undermined by way of political interference, excessive court delays and failure by the prosecutors and investigators to ensure that the cases they are pursuing are effectively prosecuted.

This campaign website seeks to document, to conduct follow up and to provide insights as to how prosecution of cases involving violation of rights takes place within the Philippines' criminal justice system. It also seeks to illustrate the plight and difficulties of the families of victims in seeking justice for their loved ones.

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Urgent Appeals


PHILIPPINES: Maguindanao massacre -- questions of morality, practice of law and the legal system - 2011-02-21 PHILIPPINES: Broken and lawless -- reasons why it has become - 2010-12-06 PHILIPPINES: Maguindanao massacre case demonstrates the delusion of the existence of a justice system - 2010-11-24 [ALRC Statement] PHILIPPINES: Reforms required immediately to protect witnesses - 2010-08-27 HONG KONG/PHILIPPINES: Territories and countries -- with and without protection - 2010-08-25 [AHRC Article] PHILIPPINES: Who were the massacred journalists? - Part 4 - 2010-04-01 [AHRC Article] PHILIPPINES: Who were the massacred journalists? - Part 3 - 2010-03-05 [ALRC Statement] PHILIPPINES: Council urged to ensure that justice is delivered concerning the Maguindanao Massacre - 2010-02-28 [AHRC Forwarded Article] PHILIPPINES: Prosecutors can't depend on "positive identification" in Maguindanao massacre case - 2010-02-26 [AHRC Article] PHILIPPINES: Who were the massacred journalists? - Part 2 - 2009-12-17 [Human Rights Day] PHILIPPINES: Martial law dilutes the country's human rights and democratic gains - 2009-12-10 PHILIPPINES: Irrationality and double standards in Maguindanao's martial law - 2009-12-08 [AHRC Forwarded Statement] PHILIPPINES: Martial Law is not a substitute for competent police work - 2009-12-07 PHILIPPINES: Martial Law in Maguindanao province is devoid of constitutionality - 2009-12-06 [AHRC Article] PHILIPPINES: Who were the massacred journalists? - Part 1 - 2009-12-01

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Maguindanao Massacre, Novermber 23, 2009


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