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Philippines: No Progress Disarming, Demobilizing Militias

The Aquino administration has done little to disarm and demobilize militias and paramilitary forces three years after the massacre of 58 people by the “private army” of a powerful political clan in the southern Philippines, Human Rights Watch said today. The slow pace of the Maguindanao Massacre trial and the government’s failure to arrest nearly a hundred suspects raises grave concerns for the safety of witnesses and for obtaining justice for the victims. (Manila) – The Aquino administration has done little to disarm and demobilize militias and paramilitary forces three…

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