PAHRA PRESS RELEASE : QUEZON CITY, September 9, 2014
Human Rights groups welcomed the unprecedented decision of the Ombudsman to order the dismissal of Commissioner Cecilia Rachel V. Quisumbing of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) after “finding probable cause for Direct Bribery under Article 210 of the Revised Penal Code” and violating section 3(e) of Republic Acts (RA) 3019 and sec. 7 (d) of R.A. 6713. These findings and information would be filed with the Sandiganbayan. In its 27 years since established, this judgment is the first of its kind against a top officer of the CHR.
The findings highlighted elements of corruption and Quisumbing’s obvious intent to be recipient of complainant Eugenio’s salary differential by taking advantage of her functions and authority as CHR Commissioner”Ombudsman on Com. Quisumbing
(Bangkok, 5 September 2014) Despite recently marking 20 years of the Principles relating to the Status of National Institutions (Paris Principles)- which sets out the minimum standards required for National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) to be credible and guide their effective work and functioning- NHRIs in the region are increasingly at risk of losing its relevance and place in the national protection system. In some instances, they even appear to be “alibi institutions” that legitimize the State, the Asian NGO Network on NHRIs (ANNI) said at the launch of its 2014 Report on the Performance and Establishment of NHRIs in Asia.
The annual ANNI Report on the Performance and Establishment of NHRIs in Asia (2014), consisting of 15 national chapters, was launched in New Delhi, India at its Regional Conference held on 1-3 September 2014 with the theme “The Role of NHRIs in the National Protection System”. It was held in parallel to the 19th Annual Meeting of the Asia Pacific Forum of NHRIs (APF) from 3-5 September 2014, where ANNI also made formal inputs into their strategic plan for the next five years.
The ANNI Report observed that undue delays in the filling of vacancies, problematic appointment processes and composition of NHRIs, curtailment of mandate and even Executive over-reach into the NHRI have further threatened to severely erode the functional independence and neutrality of these bodies.ANNI REPORT 2014
URGING THE PHIILIPPINE SENATE AND THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES TO EXTEND THE PERIOD OF IMPLEMENTATION OF REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10368 :
AN ACT PROVIDING FOR REPARATION AND RECOGNITION OF VICTIMS OF HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS DURING THE MARCOS REGIME, DOCUMENTATION OF SAID VIOLATIONS, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
HONORABLE SENATOR FRANKLIN DRILON, Senate President
HONORABLE CONGRESSMAN FELICIANO BELMONTE, Speaker, House of Representatives
We, the undersigned, urge you, for the sake of more inclusive justice for all those who fought and suffered during the repressive years of the martial law (ML) period, to extend the period of implementation of Republic Act No. 10368 : An Act Providing For Reparation And Recognition Of Victims Of Human Rights Violations During The Marcos Regime, Documentation Of Said Violations, Appropriating Funds Therefor And For Other Purposes. extension of RA10368
PAHRA NEWs & NOTES:
Angeles City, Pampanga. August 20, 2014. A European-Philippine Access to Justice (EP JUST 2) Project was launched in this City. This is a continuation of the European Union’s support to the Philippine efforts to eliminate the impunity in human rights violations, particularly, extrajudicial killing (EJK), enforced disappearance (ED) and torture.
The main partners of EP JUST 2 are The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) and the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), a non-government nationwide human rights organization.
Attending the launch were representatives of regional and/or provincial offices of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG); personnel of the Human Rights Office of both the Regional Command of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and of the Provincial Human Rights Affairs Office of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and Provincial Prosecutor’s Office as well as members of the local civil society organizations. All together there were more than 60 participants in the morning input of resource persons and afternoon workshop with its plenary reporting.EP JUST Pampanga Aug 20
PAHRA STATEMENT, July 28, 2014 on the Day of the
State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the President
After four years as Chief Executive and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), President Benigno S. Aquino III has no National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP). And it has been said that he sees no need for one. He has justified such a stance that each department and agency under the Executive would make its own Human Rights Plan. As part of the Office of the President (OP), the Presidential Human Rights Committee (PHRC) predictably echoed this sentiments and position.
The Chairperson of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP), when pressed by civil society during a public forum, to remind the President of the State Obligation to put together a NHRAP, she firmly said, “I will not pursue it. You do it yourself, if you like.” Risking its independence, the CHRP too has been made to take the stance and attitude of the President.PAHRA statement SONA 2014