State terror in the Philippines: the Alston Report, human rights and counter-insurgency under the Arroyo administration

  title={State terror in the Philippines: the Alston Report, human rights and counter-insurgency under the Arroyo administration},
  author={Peter M. Sales},
  journal={Contemporary Politics},
  pages={321 - 336}
  • Peter M. Sales
  • Published 1 September 2009
  • Political Science
  • Contemporary Politics
The human rights agenda of the United Nations has faltered over recent years. An examination of conditions in a country such as the Philippines highlights some of the reasons. The appallingly high number of political killings in that country was investigated by Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, early in 2007. Following a well-defined process of review, he spent a short but difficult time examining the situation. His report condemned… 
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