[Statement] Uphold and Fight for Dignity-At All Times & Situations -PAHRA

DIGNIDAD NG TAO:
SA LAHAT NG PANAHON AT SITWASYON-
ITAGUYOD, IPAGLABAN!
(Uphold and Fight for Dignity-At All Times & Situations)

Disyembre 10, 2013

CAM00817
Human rights spring from the dignity of each person. Since the first human rights day on December 10, 1948,these rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) have evolved and developed over time and different circumstances to show how they are to be respected, protected and fulfilled.

pahra logo copy

And it is the State that is primarily obligated to do so not only on normal times but even, and especially, in times of emergencies, crises and even wars. The State is to be people-centered.

The Aquino government needs to specially focus especially, but not solely, on those affected by the earthquake in Bohol and by typhoon Yolanda (“Haiyan”), according to Science Secretary Mario Montejo: 6.6 million people in 171 municipalities, covering 4, 971 villages in an area of 25,000 square kilometres, of whom, as of November 30, more than 5,632 persons are dead, 26,136 persons injured, and 1,759 missing.

PAHRA stresses that in the course of rehabilitation, reconstruction and development:

1.TAO Muna! Dahil ang TAO ang sentrong dahilan at layunin ng pamahalaan at pamamahala , lalo na sa panahon ng krisis sanhi man ng kapwa-tao o ng kalikasan, kaya dignidad at ang naka-ugat na mga karapatang pantao dapat laging itaguyod, ipagtanggol at pangalagaaan.

Arugain at ipagtanggol, upang kailanman di mawala sa TAO, ang mga pinanggagalingan at pinagkukunan ng buhay at kabuhayan (sources of subsistence- Common Art. 1, UN ICCPR & ICESCR).

Ang bawat isa na bulnerableng tao, unahin at masinsin na paglingkuran ayon sa pangangailangan.

Responsibilidad ng lahat na tiyakin na ang mga obligasyon ng Estado o Pamahalaan hinggil sa karapatang pantao ay maisakatuparan at matamasa ng lahat nang taong sakop ng ating bayan.

2. TAO Muna! Dahil obligasyon ng pamahalaan na palahukin ang pinakamalapad na bilang ng mga mamamayan, katuwangin ang civil society at non-government organizations sa pagkaron ng malawak na konsultasyon sa pagpapasinop ng patuloy na relief at rehabilitation operations at sa pagpaplano ng lahatang-panig na rekonstruksyon ng buhay at sitwasyon ng tao at nakaakma sa nabagong klima at kapaligiran. Mga plano ng rekonstruksyon: i-sentro sa tao; ibatay sa desisyon ng tao.

Dapat din maging bukas sa pagtugon sa mga pagsubaybay at mekanismo ng paniningil mula sa mga organisasyon ng mamamayan sa equitableng paglagak ng pinasya at iba pang tulong sa mga biktima ng at nakaligtas sa mga sakuna. Walang isa man ang dapat malimutan.
Igiit ang mga obligasyon ng pamahalaan na maging bukas at makatotohanan sa kinakailangang impormasyon ng mga mamamayan.

3. TAO Muna! Dapat gawin bilang batayan at pamantayan ng pamamahala ang mga karapatang pantao, lalo na sa pagbangon, pagsasaayos sa buhay at planong pag-unlad ng lahat ng mga biktima at mga nakaligtas mula sa mga natural na kalamidad.

4. TAO Muna! Tiyakin na maisama ang isang komprehensibo at stratehikong patakaran tumutugon sa nasabing sitwasyon sa matagal ng nakabinbin na Human Rights Action plan. Isapubliko ang Human Rights Action Plan.

While national and international concerns and assistance are highly concentrated on the destruction recently wrought by a super typhoon and an earthquake, we should not lose sight of those whose lives and property have, to a large degree, also been gravely affected, as in Central Luzon, but have not commensurately been given attention and needed allocations for their own rehabilitation, reconstruction and development. It is government that has the obligations to ensure equitable assistance so as to uphold and protect dignity and human rights.

Finally, while we deeply grieve over the loss of so many lives by natural calamities which are now often intensified by human actions and policies done out of ignorance and disregard of our own rights to the environment, we also rage against and condemn the culture of impunity which claimed and destroyed lives of individuals, families and communities due to extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and destruction of sources of subsistence amidst a coercive environment.

Amidst Rehabilitation, Reconstruction and Development, Assert our Dignity and our Rights.

No more unnecessary loss of lives and properties, fight for Climate Justice.

End the culture of impunity, bring the perpetrators to justice.

All submissions are republished and redistributed in the same way that it was originally published online and sent to us. We may edit submission in a way that does not alter or change the original material.

Human Rights Online Philippines does not hold copyright over these materials. Author/s and original source/s of information are retained including the URL contained within the tagline and byline of the articles, news information, photos etc.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.