Blood Money: An investigation on how human rights violation victims under martial law are recognized and compensated

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Benjamin, A.A.R. & Tacadena, K.G.B. (2015). Blood Money: An Investigation on How Human Rights Violation Victims under Martial Law are Recognized and Compensated. Unpublished Undergraduate Thesis. University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication

This study investigated and explored how human rights violation victims (HRVVs) during the Martial Law period are recognized and compensated by the state over the years. It primarily looked into the ongoing claims process under the Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act of 2013, particularly the creation of the Human Rights Victims Claims Board and the application process the claimants undergone.

Also, the study historicized efforts done after the ouster of Pres. Ferdinand Marcos to restitute HRVVs including the Hawaii Class Action Suit in 1986 and all the compensation bills passed in the Senate and House of Representatives.The study found out that even though enshrined in the constitution, the state has failed to provide immediate recognition and compensation for human rights victims due to the lack of transitional justice.

The study also found that the civil society organizations have had compromises in order for them to push for the recognition of the Martial Law victims.

Key words: martial law, human rights, human rights violation, compensation

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