8 rights you have if arrested or detained

If you are arrested or detained, you are entitled to the following rights, according to FLAG:
  1. Be treated as a human being;
  2. Due process, including being informed of written regulations in the detention center, and not being subjected to harsh, excessive or inhuman punishment such as corporal punishment or solitary confinement;
  3. Receive visits from family, friends, and lawyers;
  4. Practice your religion;
  5. Adequate food, clothing, and healthful accommodations;
  6. Be furnished with or to procure reading or writing materials;
  7. Be kept separate from convicts serving sentence; and
  8. Speedy, impartial, and public trial, as likewise provided by the Constitution. Read more: If you're arrested or detained, know these rights. Michael Bueza @mikebueza. Published 9:34 AM, May 26, 2017. Updated 10:25 AM, May 26, 2017. www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/170936-rights-arrested-detained-persons.
According to Republic Act 7438, a person arrested, detained or under custodial investigation shall be allowed visits by:
  1. Any member of his/her immediate family
  2. A doctor/priest/religious minister chosen by him/her, the immediate family or by his/her counsel
  3. Any nongovernmental organization accredited by the Commission on Human Rights (for national NGOs) or the Office of the President (for international NGOs)
RA 7438 defines a person's immediate family as "his or her spouse, fiancĂ© or fiancĂ©e, parent or child, brother or sister, grandparent or grandchild, uncle or aunt, nephew or niece, and guardian or ward." Read more: If you're arrested or detained, know these rights. Michael Bueza @mikebueza. Published 9:34 AM, May 26, 2017. Updated 10:25 AM, May 26, 2017. www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/170936-rights-arrested-detained-persons.

Illegal acts. 

The following acts are illegal, according to the Bill of Rights of the Constitution:
  1. Unreasonable searches and seizures;
  2. Use of torture, force, violence, threat, intimidation, or any other means which vitiate or impair the free will;
  3. Use of secret detention places, solitary, incommunicado, or other similar forms of detention;
  4. Use of a confession or admission obtained in violation of Article III, Section 17 of the Constitution, which says, "No person shall be compelled to be a witness against himself";
  5. Detention solely by reason of his political beliefs and aspirations;
  6. Involuntary servitude in any form (except as a punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted);
  7. Imposition of excessive fines;
  8. Infliction of cruel, degrading or inhuman punishment; and
  9. Imprisonment for debt or non-payment of a poll tax. Read more: If you're arrested or detained, know these rights. Michael Bueza @mikebueza. Published 9:34 AM, May 26, 2017. Updated 10:25 AM, May 26, 2017. www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/170936-rights-arrested-detained-persons.

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