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Cablegate: Philippines: Ngo Participation in Human Rights

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DE RUEHML #0506 0590944
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 280944Z FEB 08
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 9922
INFO RUEHGV/USMISSION GENEVA IMMEDIATE 2211

UNCLAS MANILA 000506

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

STATE FOR DRL/MLGA (HAMMOND/JORDAN), IO/RHS (OSTERMEIER),
EAP/MTS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PHUM PGOV PREL RP
SUBJECT: PHILIPPINES: NGO PARTICIPATION IN HUMAN RIGHTS
UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW

REF: STATE 15507 (UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW)

1. Per reftel request, Mission surveyed its primary human
rights NGO and civil society contacts about the upcoming
Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council and
informed them about the process for the review. Post learned
that two of the local NGOs surveyed -- KARAPATAN and Task
Force Detainees of the Philippines -- submitted reports to
the UN Human Rights Council and plan to send representatives
to Geneva for the discussions in April. Post believes that
several international NGOs also submitted reports.

2. Political Officer Barry Fullerton is the Embassy point of
contact for human rights issues. He can be reached at
63-2-301-2350 or at FullertonTB@state.gov.

Visit Embassy Manila's Classified SIPRNET website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/p/eap/manila/index. cfm.

You can also access this site through the State Department's
Classified SIPRNET website:
http://www.state.sgov.gov/

KENNEY

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