Stop Torture: Philippines must investigate Alfreda Disbarro's claims of torture

In 2013, Alfreda Disbarro was approached in public by police in the Philippines who accused her of being a drug pusher. Alfreda denied the allegation.

Attempting to force an admission of guilt, a police officer repeatedly punched her in the stomach and face, hit her with a club, poked his fingers in her eyes, slapped her, and banged her head against the wall. Although she has been examined by a medical officer, no investigation has been initiated into what has been done to her by the police. Read More

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Message Recipient: Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service (PNP IAS), Police Director Alexander Roldan, Acting Inspector General.
We call on the Philippine National Police Internal Affairs Service to open an investigation into the allegations of torture and other ill-treatment suffered by Alfreda Disbarro in October 2013 while in custody at the Paranaque Police Headquarters, and ensure that this investigation is prompt, impartial, effective and efficient. If the investigation confirms the torture allegations:

- Refer the case for public prosecution and cooperate with further investigations as needed by the court;

- Take immediate administrative measures against any police officers who are found to have been involved into the torture and other ill-treatment of Alfreda Disbarro, including those who were complicit in her torture;

- Provide a safe space for whistle-blowers within the PNP who wish to report their personal knowledge of torture or other ill-treatment by their colleagues, including in the case of Alfreda Disbarro.

Thank you,
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