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[From the web] The right to live a life of human dignity (CHR on RH Bill) – www.chr.gov.ph

13 May 2011

Good afternoon.

The past few weeks made us witnesses to impassioned debates surrounding the Reproductive Health Bill, with one side of the bench labeling itself as pro-choice and the other, pro-life. Controversial social legislations such as this generate heated public attention and for good reason – it opens up a democratic space for the public to participate in the creative process of legislation. Unfortunately, the cacophony of opposing positions and disparate opinions seems to have drowned out focus on what the issue is really about: THE RIGHT TO LIVE A LIFE OF HUMAN DIGNITY.

More than morality and anti-poverty, Reproductive Health is foremost about Human Rights. Reproductive Health is about the right of every person – regardless of sex, gender, age, social status, political or religious conviction – to the highest attainable standard of health. It is about the right of the woman to know how to take care of herself, take full control of her body and make life-changing decisions. It is about the right of everyone to information and the right to an informed choice on whether or not one wants to bring a new life into the world. It is about the right of the woman, the man and the child to live a life free from threats of diseases, hunger and want. It other words, Reproductive Health is about every single person having a shot at a life worthy of a human being. All these are human rights which the government of the Philippines is obligated to respect, protect, fulfill and promote under our Constitution and the various international treaties we signed and ratified.

The Commission on Human Rights, as the Gender Ombud under R.A. 9710 or the Magna Carta of Women, shall issue a comprehensive advisory on Reproductive Health in the next few days. In the meantime, may we enjoin the public to be guided by reason and not be overwhelmed by inordinate passion. After all, we are actually on the same side when we say that we are anti-abortion, anti-corruption, anti-poverty, pro-life and pro-choice.

Commission on Human Rights

[From the web] 4th Year of Jonas’ Abduction -freejonasburgosmovement.blogspot.com

Please join us in a gathering tomorrow, 28 April, 3 pm at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani Grounds as we mark the 4th year of the Jonas Burgos’ abduction. Allow us to thank you for your continued support and help us remind the government that we shall continue the search until my Jonas and other disappeared are returned to us.


[In the news] Jonas Burgos’ mother to Maj. Harry Baliaga Jr.: Name the mastermind behind my son’s abduction – Interaksyon.com

Jonas Burgos’ mother to Maj. Harry Baliaga Jr.: Name the mastermind behind my son’s abduction – Interaksyon.com.

On the fourth anniversary of the abduction of activist-farmer Jonas Burgos, a political crime that sparked protests and inquiries around the world, his mother Edita wrote an Army officer with one simple request: name the one who gave the orders to seize her son.

Mrs. Burgos, who has appeared before justice and human-rights panels in the US Congress, in Europe and in countless legal forums in the Philippines, released the contents of her open letter to the Philippine media, in hopes it would spur some soul-searching in Army Major Harry Baliaga Jr., the first uniformed officer tagged in a Commission on Human Rights report as being a direct participant in the brazen abduction, on April 28, 2007 in a Quezon City mall where Jonas, middle son of the late world press-freedom icon Joe Burgos Jr., was taking his lunch.

Read full article @ Interaksyon.com (Link above)

Revillame treatment of dancing boy in tears criminal–CHR – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos

Revillame treatment of dancing boy in tears criminal–CHR – INQUIRER.net, Philippine News for Filipinos.

Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 04:40:00 03/30/2011

Filed Under: Entertainment (general), Television, child abuse, Human Rights, Crime

MANILA, Philippines—What the show “Willing Willie” did to Jan-Jan Suan, the 6-year-old boy who was told to simulate a striptease while in tears in exchange for cash in front of a cheering studio audience, was criminal, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said Tuesday.

The CHR said it would investigate the episode as it appeared to have violated a law protecting children.

“The commission will investigate this incident in order to identify the person/s liable and to recommend proper legal actions against them,” it said in a statement.

The statement was signed by CHR Chair Loretta Ann Rosales and Commissioner Ma. Victoria Cardona, who is in charge of children’s issues.

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