Rights-Based Approach for Torture and CIDTP Prevention in the Philippines

In partnership with a local NGO, the project aims to prevent torture and other cruel and inhuman or degrading treatment in places of detention in the Philippines.


The overall aim is to support the work of civil society organisations, including human rights organisations, in addressing the needs of persons deprived of their liberty to be free from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment. The project focuses on supporting the empowerment of people deprived of their liberty so that they will be able to claim their rights and help ensure the protection of their peers and themselves. The project will engage with prison authorities on training of its personnel on the relevant national and international standards and support the implementation of the Philippines’ Anti-Torture Act 9745.

Project description

The overall objective of the action is to contribute to the eradication of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment in the Philippines by creating an environment where persons deprived of their liberty are treated with respect for their human rights and dignity in accordance with international standards and national laws. To pursue the aim, the project has identified the following specific objectives:

  • To enhance duty bearers’ knowledge, procedures and practices (including referral to health and psychosocial support) to support the implementation of the Anti-Torture Act.
  • To support the establishment and implementation of institutional structures and mechanisms of accountability for torture and ill-treatment.
  • To promote public awareness and foster support for human rights and anti-torture initiatives.
  • To ensure effective and coordinated civil society organization efforts to hold perpetrators accountable for torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
  • To empower persons deprived of their liberty so that they are better able to protect themselves and others from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Project background

The collaboration between DIGNITY and the local partner Balay Rehabilitation Center dates back to 2004. The engagement has involved a wide spectrum of activities aimed at preventing torture and ill-treatment and providing psychosocial services to victims of torture. The previous phase of the DIGNITY-Balay engagement contributed to the development of the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Anti-Torture Act and the development of the Framework for Comprehensive Rehabilitation Program for Torture Survivors and their Families. Moreover, it contributed to the establishment of a network of trained civil society organisations undertaking torture documentation.


If you have questions regarding this project you are welcome to contact:

Project Manager Valiantsina Tsikhanava


The Philippines

This project is funded by the European Union:


This project is implemented by DIGNITY - Danish Institute Against Torture

The views expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of the European Commission.

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