While at a May 30 public hearing in Geneva, church activists from the Philippines criticized the government of President Benigno S. Aquino III for not doing more to improve human rights in their country.
The hearing was organized by the World Council of Churches' Commission of the Churches on International Affairs. It included such groups as the National Council of Churches in the Philippines and the Philippine Universal Periodic Review Watch.
Speakers said multiple religious figures have been murdered and that the government exaggerated reports of a decline in killings and forced disappearances.
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