Worst in the world
Published by the Visayan Daily Star
Editor-in-Chief & President
Bureau Chief, Dumaguete
MAJA P. DELY
|CARLOS ANTONIO L. LEONARDIA
The 2017 Global Impunity Index of the University of the Americas Puebla (UDLAP) and the Center of Studies on Impunity and Justice (CESIJ) that studied 69 countries ranked the Philippines as the worst in the world.
Released in August, the GII said the high impunity index is indicative of the country “going through one of its most critical moments, due to the increase of violence related with organized crime and increased terrorist activities from local gangs linked to the Islamic State.”
According to the GII, countries with high rates of impunity “can lead to socioeconomic inequality, legal inequality, rule-of-law problems, insufficient economic development, difficulties to attract foreign investment and tourism, as well as an increase in human rights violations.”
The index assigned values to the structural, functional, and human rights dimensions surrounding impunity. The structural dimension “measures the installed capacities of a State to prosecute crimes and deliver justice through procedures respectful of due process.” The functional dimension “measures the performance of the institutions in charge of prosecuting crimes and delivering justice, regardless of their legal framework.” The human rights dimension “focuses on the physical integrity of citizens” and measures it “by analyzing cases of torture, homicides perpetrated by public officials, political imprisonment, extrajudicial killings, massive homicides, and disappearances.”
The Philippine didn't do so bad when it came to functional security and justice, scoring 44.64 and 42.64 but had major issues with structural security and justice at 94.07 and 99.07. This pointed to a lack of manpower and an average ability to enact and deliver justice. When it came to human rights, our country got a 97.99 rating which pointed to a lack in the government's drive to analyze and understand the human rights situation in the country.
The Global Impunity Index measured, affirmed and confirmed that the Philippines is the worst in the world in terms of impunity. The good news is, at this point; our impunity rating cannot possibly fall any lower. Are Filipinos going to have to settle with this embarrassing assessment holding true for the foreseeable future, or does our government posses the will to do what must be done to prove the GII wrong?*