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CHR Conducts Own Investigation Against “Secret Jail” Over Inhumane Activities

The Commission of Human Rights (CHR) condemns the “secret jail” allegedly conducting inhumane activities against PDLs (Persons Deprived of Liberty).

The CHR in Central Visayas (CHR-7) has conducted its own investigations against an alleged “secret jail” in Sawang Calero Police Station. The probe prompted after two females reported that they were allegedly detained, harassed, and tortured.

CHR Secret Jail

During their CHR-7 visit to the secret jail inside, the complainants pointed the room where they said was the site of the said illegal detention room. They also identified the materials present during their stay inside.

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The secret jail in Sawang Calero Police Station surface after 11 police personnel were relieved from their post over charge of harassment and extortion filed by a 35-year-old woman.

However, according to the report of Manila Bulletin, the officers denied the existence of the secret jail inside the premises. CHR Spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia said the illegal practices persist despite the prohibition under the Constitution and Anti-Torture Act of 2009.

De Guia said women are most vulnerable to various forms of violence in areas where their liberty is deprived. These acts are done to them either to force them to confess, embarrass, or make inhumane acts against them.

She pointed out that the CHR, as the leading agency of the Interim National Preventive Mechanism, recommends measures to combat all forms of cruel, inhumane, or embarrassing treatment or punishment within prisons.

“We also urge the government to publicly acknowledge and condemn the persistence of torture and other ill-treatment, and ensure prompt, impartial, thorough, and effective investigations into all reports of these violations committed by the police and other state agents,” she said.

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