Media and civil society in the Philippines continues to grow and flourish without too much government interference. The death penalty was abolished in 2006 and apart from the resulting unrest and human rights abuses emanating from communist and Islamic insurgency movements, the countryâ€™s human rights levels are improving. There are four sections however, which remain poor; extrajudicial killings, freedom of association, trafficking and the use of child soldiers. From July, 2010 to April 30, 2013, human rights organization Karapan has documented at least 142 victims of extrajudicial killings. Being a journalist remains a deadly profession in the Philippines and many report intimidation and harassment. Aquino is also yet to repeal Executive Order 546, which has allowed
politicians to arm paramilitary groups. The US and European Parliament have called on the Philippine government to end impunity for extrajudicial murderers, kidnappers and torturers. Insurgent groups Abu Sayyaf, New Peopleâ€™s Army and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front have continued to use child soldiers, both as combatants and in auxiliary roles as guides and cooks. The human rights abuses committed by and upon these insurgent groups are dragging down the overall level of human rights progress. Internationally, the Philippines have been criticized for its underwhelming efforts as a member of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC). The Philippines have opposed or abstained from voting on measures to improve the human rights situation in Syria and voted against a resolution to promote reconciliation in Sri Lanka following the countryâ€™s internal armed conflict.