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Democracy and Human Rights in Asia: Research, Training and Extension Services in Forensic DNA Analysis in the Philippines
The strength of DNA analysis procedures lies in the objectivity of the science in comparison to the subjective nature that accompanies non-biological evidence, e.g. witnesses’ statements, thus offering a better means of arriving at the identity of the true perpetrator of the crime. In the Philippines where the rights of individuals are violated through the implementation of the Death Penalty, a law that is severely discriminating against the powerless and marginalized, intact DNA evidence may be used to aid in the fair administration of justice.
Development of the DNA Analysis Laboratory through research, training and extension service is envisioned to

aid in the administration of justice to those erroneously convicted and to reduce the time that accused individuals stay in prisons. This would be done primarily through post-conviction DNA testing. In addition, training of other scientists, personnel of law enforcement agencies in DNA analysis is essential to broaden the national capability to conduct DNA testing for forensic applications.

Funding agency: European Union

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