Military in Central Luzon, a city in the Philippines, is considering the possibility of enforcing Muslim ID badges as a counterterrorism method. According to Chief Superintendent Aaron Aquino, the identification cards will serve as a way to single out terrorists and other undesirable individuals.
He reported that the method has already been tried in the town of Paniqui and that the authorities “want this to be replicated in all Muslim communities in the whole region for easy and efficient identification of our Muslim brothers and sisters.”
Human Rights Watch said this method would threaten to “single out Muslims,” breaching the citizens’ rights to equal protection.
The enforcement of this “solution” meant to identify “ISIS sympathizers” is a form of collective punishment, according to the human rights organization.
Approximately 26,000 Muslims currently reside in Central Luzon.