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Report of the Special Rapporteur on the question of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, E/CN.4/2004/56/Add.1, March 23, 2004 : Philippines

1327. A number of men were reportedly beaten by the police on 19 February 2003 when members of the Central Police District of the Philippine National Police raided the Alta Theater, a cinema frequented by homosexual persons, in Cubao, Quezon City. The patrons were reportedly subjected to physical and verbal abuse and extortion attempts and the police allegedly hit several men with their hands and hard objects, with one man reportedly being hit with a gun. In this context, 63 men were reportedly apprehended for verification and five were arrested. All of them were allegedly brought to nearby Camp Karingal. According to the information received, they were filmed when they were brought out of the cinema with no opportunity to hide their faces from the cameras; televisions programmes showed the scenes. Some of the men were allegedly forced into interviews by the television crews.

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