Human Rights Watch: Philippines: Investigate Killing of Massacre Witness

(New York) – The Philippine National Bureau of Investigation should immediately investigate the latest killing of a witness to the November 2009 massacre of at least 58 people in Maguindanao province, Mindanao, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch called on the government to act swiftly to protect witnesses and their families.

An unidentified gunman shot and killed Suwaib Upham, a witness to the Maguindanao killings known publicly as “Jesse,” shortly after 8 p.m. June 14, 2010, in Parang municipality, Maguindanao. He had agreed to testify against members of the powerful Ampatuan family, who were accused in the killings, if afforded witness protection. Three months before he was killed, Human Rights Watch had raised protection issues regarding Upham with Justice Department officials in Manila, yet the department was still considering his request for protection at the time of his killing.

Source: HRW.org

Other News:

NYTimes.com – Rights Group Says Massacre Witness in Philippines Slain

BBC News – Witness to southern Philippine massacre shot dead

Inquirer.net – Rights group hits DoJ on massacre witness’ death

Aljazeera.net – Philippines massacre witness killed

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