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[In the news] Human rights workers arrested after visiting jailed MNLF men.-INQUIRER.net

Human rights workers arrested after visiting jailed MNLF men.

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Two government special investigators assigned to the Commission on Human Rights  in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and three members of their staff were arrested after visiting suspects in the September attack on Zamboanga City who are locked up in the San Ramon Penal Colony in Zamboanga del Sur province, a CHR regional official said Friday.

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Police denied that the human rights workers had been arrested but confirmed they were being questioned for alleged breaches of security that endangered police guarding maximum security prisoners.

Lawyer Edy Santiago of the CHR-ARMM told the Inquirer the Zamboanga City police,  particularly those assigned to the Ayala Police Station, committed grave abuse and harassed the CHR team.

She identified those arrested as Special Investigator II Al-Ghosaibi M. Jupli, Special Investigator I Umma Omar Edding, administrative aide Nasser Halapto, data enumerator Madzsalman Cifria and driver Hermie Omar.

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[In the news] Military trained bagani tribal warriors – say NBI agent, ex-gov Piñol -MindaNews

Military trained bagani tribal warriors – say NBI agent, ex-gov Piñol
By Keith Bacongco
May 26 2013

MindaNews

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 26 May) – A lawyer of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) revealed before the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) that the military was the one that trained the baganis (tribal warriors) so they could help in the counter-insurgency campaign.

Even former North Cotabato governor Emmanuel Piñol corroborated the NBI lawyer’s statement, but he stressed that the purpose of the bagani is to defend the territories of the indigenous people.

He admitted that the baganis were trained during his term as governor, from 1998 to 2007.

Wenceslao Galendez, agent of the NBI’s North Eastern Mindanao Office based in Cagayan de Oro City, told the CHR panel that the bagani was led by Roelito Ayupat Gawilan, who is the barangay captain of Barangay Sinoda in Kitaotao, Bukidnon.

The CHR, led by chair Loretta Rosales, was in the city on May 22 to 24 for a three-day inquiry on the killing of Italian missionary Fausto Tentorio in Arakan, North Cotabato in October 2011.

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[Statement] Murder is murder, not a ‘legitimate encounter’ -AHRC

Asian Human Rights Commission

A Statement from the Asian Human Rights Commission

PHILIPPINES: Murder is murder, not a ‘legitimate encounter’

On December 19, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) was reported to have concluded after over two years of investigation that the killing of botanist Leonard Co and his two assistants in Leyte in November 2010 “was due to the military’s failure to distinguish civilians from combatants.” The CHR has submitted its report to the Department of Justice (DoJ) but did not make recommendations on as to what criminal charges should be filed against the soldiers involved in the operation and killings. The CHR has left it to the DoJ to “determine what charges will be filed.”

The AHRC welcomes the CHR’s report though it is of the opinion that it could have been resolved more promptly. The AHRC feels that the publication of the report is long overdue and rejects the CHR’s inability to conclude what charges should be filed against the soldiers. Killings on the pretext of ‘legitimate encounter’ are very common in remote areas when soldiers conduct military operations and the justification of killings as ‘legitimate encounters’ has been the convenient excuse used by the soldiers and the police to escape criminal liability.

The AHRC strongly believes that the killing of Leonardo Co and his two assistants was not due to the “military’s failure to distinguish civilians from combatants,” but rather a ‘premeditated murder’. This judgement is based on the numerous cases of killings on the pretext of ‘legitimate encounter’ which were later found to be murders. Unless the CHR categorically concludes and recommends to the DoJ to prosecute the soldiers for murder, the soldiers and the policemen will continue to use ‘legitimate encounter’ as the justification for their ‘widespread and systematic’ killing of civilians.

Operations conducted by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), including the operation that killed Leonardo Co and his aides, in fighting against the communist and the separatist insurgencies are thoroughly planned. The soldiers have deeply embedded intelligence networks in these communities and are fully aware about who and what is going on. In fact, it is very common for the soldiers and the police to keep records of people who live in the villages, those who come and go because most of these villages are under curfew and hamletting, which is the collection of villages under military control.

In view of this to claim that these soldiers would go on military operations proceeding to areas under their complete control not knowing who the people in the communities are is to deny reality. In fact, to know or not whether the victims were civilians is irrelevant in Co’s case. Ms. Loretta Rosales, chairperson of the CHR, herself has said: “The truth is, there was no legitimate encounter because it was one-sided, there was no exchange of fire.”

Apart from the killing of Co and his aides, local human rights organisations have since documented numerous cases of killings on the pretext of ‘legitimate encounter.” Of late is the massacre of the Capion family on October 18 this year in Tampakan, South Cotabato. In our 2012 Human Rights report (p. 10) we have concluded that;

“To justify civilian deaths in massacres as ‘legitimate encounter’ is common practice by soldiers. They are able to escape scrutiny because of practical difficulty for the police to effectively and impartially investigate these cases in their remote sites of occurrence. Before the Ombudsman resolved to indict soldiers for the death of Bacar Japalali and his pregnant wife Carmen in September 2004, the deaths were also justified as a ‘legitimate encounter’. The Ombudsman, however, rejected the soldiers’ claim, because the bodies of the couple were still inside the mosquito net when found. The soldiers also portrayed the couple as members of a Muslim rebel group in an attempt to discredit them and to escape criminal liability. However, investigation by the prosecutors and the police revealed the couple had nothing to do with armed rebellion.

The AHRC strongly recommends to the CHR and the DoJ to prosecute soldiers and policemen, not only in Co’s case, but in many other cases where the killings of civilians have been justified as a ‘legitimate encounter’ on charges of murder. It is the utmost responsibility of the CHR and the DoJ to make it clear to the authorities and the public that murder is murder, not ‘legitimate encounter’. It must be made clear to the military and the police establishments that they will be held accountable for murder in order to end this practice.

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About AHRC: The Asian Human Rights Commission is a regional non-governmental organisation that monitors human rights in Asia, documents violations and advocates for justice and institutional reform to ensure the protection and promotion of these rights. The Hong Kong-based group was founded in 1984.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
AHRC-STM-274-2012
December 21, 2012

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[In the news] ‘Soldiers shot botanist, companions after thinking they were communist rebels’ -InterAksyon.com

‘Soldiers shot botanist, companions after thinking they were communist rebels’
By Abigail C. Kwok, InterAksyon.com
December 18, 2012

InterAksyon logo2The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) said soldiers mistook botanist Leonard Co and his companions as communist rebels when they fired at Co’s group two years ago in Kananga, Leyte.

Although the Army operation was was “legitimate,” the supposed encounter was not, CHR chairperson Etta Rosales said in a phone interview.

“There was no legitimate encounter because the military failed to see the difference between the combatants and non-combatants. These were civilians and soldiers mistook them to be combatants. They shot at these people. That is a violation of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL),” Rosales said.

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[Event] Live webcast viewing of the Universal Periodic Review session on May 29, 2012

Dear All,

CHR will sponsor a live webcast viewing of the Universal Periodic Review session on May 29, 2012, at the CHR multi-purpose hall from 2:15 to 8:30pm.

A simultaneous webcast can also be viewed at the United Nations multimedia website

http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/c/un-human-rights-council.html

[In the news] ‘No evidence of 84 HR violations during Aquino admin’ -ABS-CBNnews.com

‘No evidence of 84 HR violations during Aquino admin’

ABS-CBNnews.com
May 13, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – There is no evidence to substantiate 84 alleged human-rights violations (HRV) in the hands of government soldiers starting when President Benigno Aquino III took office, a military spokesman said.

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesman Col. Arnulfo Burgos said the military’s Human Rights Office (HRO) created a Board of Inquiry to look into the 84 complaints received earlier by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

Not one has been substantiated so far, but the board is still investigating all 84 cases, he said.

“To address these circumstances, the AFP-HRO created a Board of Inquiry which was also replicated down to the battalion levels to conduct investigations that would validate the reports of the CHR,” said Burgos.

“The findings of the [board] revealed that all of the referred HRV cases tagging military personnel were only accusations and did not produce sufficient evidence against AFP soldiers,” added Burgos, citing the initial result of the probe.

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[Press Release] HRBA2J-ASIA, CHR, PNP-HRAO and UNDP-PHILIPPINES launch book and hold forum that explores links between human rights and equal access to justice (EA2J)

HRBA2J-ASIA, CHR, PNP-HRAO and UNDP-PHILIPPINES launch book and hold forum that explores links between human rights and equal access to justice (EA2J)

The Asian Consortium for Human Rights-based Approach to Access to Justice or HRBA2J-Asia, in cooperation with the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP), the Philippine National Police-Human Rights Affairs Office (PNP-HRAO) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-Philippines launch a manual titled “Human Rights-Based Approach to Realizing Equal Access to Justice.” The manual was a result of the pilot training workshop attended by a total of 30 participants from ten (10) Asian countries held last April 4-7, 2011in Manila.

The Manual contains three (3) modules: Module 1 Equal Access to Justice: Situational Context and Framework, Module 2 Human Rights Approach to Realizing Equal Access to Justice and Module 3 Developing Human Rights-based EA2J Interventions. The manual is a contribution to the development of tools to strengthen capacities of access to justice practitioners from both government and civil society entities in applying human rights norms, standards and principles to realize EA2J in the design, development and programming of EA2J interventions.

Writer-trainer and noted human rights practitioner, Ms. Maria Socorro “Cookie” Diokno will present highlights of the Manual. More importantly, the launch will also feature a talakayan that hopes to share lessons of some good practices of rights-based approaches from both government and civil society perspectives. Envisioned results of the forum also include “expanded perspectives, constituency and building social dialogues in pursuing HRBA-EA2J work.”

Open to the public, the manual launch and forum is on May 9, 2012, 8:30-11:30 noon at the PNP MultiPurpose Hall, Camp Crame, EDSA, Quezon City.

For more information, please contact: ESCR-Asia – Roderick Martinez/Coco Navarro at tells. 9293482, 4265921 loc. 114, mariconavarro@yahoo.com,rodrick92@yahoo.com; (CHRP) Atty. Marc Titus Cebreros at 9285655/9266188; (UNDP-Phil) Jennifer Ginete, at 9010232, jennifer.ginete@undp.org.

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[From the web] Human rights center opens in Zambo City -Zamboanga Today

Human rights center opens in Zambo City

http://www.zamboangatoday.ph

Lawyers, advocates and community volunteers from non-governmental organizations who have helped to protect and promote the human rights of all conflict-affected people of Mindanao inaugurated yesterday the Zamboanga City-based satellite office of the Mindanao Human Rights Action Center (MinHRAC).

The inauguration ceremony held at Saavedra Street in Barangay Sta. Maria was graced by foreign representatives from AusAID Sam Chittick,Cynthia Petrigh; and a representative for civilian component from the international Monitoring Team (IMT) Edris Mohammad.

It was also attended by Fr. Angel Calvo, Peace Advocates Zamboanga (PAZ) president, Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Regional Director Frederick Ian Capin, Dr. Grace Rebollos of PAZ, Atty. Edilwasif Badiri of the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), police and military officials.
MinHRAC envisions a just and humane society where people of diverse cultures freely exercise and enjoy the full realization of their human rights. It also commits itself to empower the people especially the marginalized sectors to attain the full realization of their respective human rights.

In implementing its mission, MinHRAC, a non-stock, non-profit, non-governmental organization and an active member of the Civilian Protection Component of the International Monitoring Team of the GRP-MILF Peace Process (IMT-CPC) shall engage with other entities with identical interest and objectives.

MinHRAC is also an accredited partner NGO of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) of the Philippines and is active in various monthly meetings aimed to coordinate institutions engaged in humanitarian and protection work.

Read full article @ www.zamboangatoday.ph

[In the news] CHR to probe reports on jail visit suspension -Cebu Daily News

CHR to probe reports on jail visit suspension
February 29, 2012

AN inquiry into the suspension of jail visits and delays in the delivery of food to inmates of the Cebu Provincial Rehabilitation and Detention Center (CPDRC) may be in the offing.

Primo Cadampog, supervising investigator of the Commission on Human Rights in Central Visayas (CHR-7), said three relatives of the inmates sought assistance from their office to look into the suspension.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia suspended jail visits and dance practices for the inmates after a near-riot last week.
Cadampog said the CHR-7 will have to coordinate with the Capitol, which has direct supervision over the CPDRC.
Arvin Odron, head of the CHR-7′s legal division, said the right to jail visitation is under the regulation of jail officials.

“If jail visitation has been regulated, that’s okay and reasonable,” Odron said.

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[From the web] Infanta clergy organizes anti-APECO mission

Infanta clergy organizes anti-APECO mission
by Jason de Asis, Bagong Aurora Website ng Bayan

CASIGURAN, Aurora, February 17, 2012-A two day international solidarity mission (ISM) was organized by the Prelature of Infanta appealing for international and local support against the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO).

The anti-APECO groups said that the highlights of todays’ mission until tomorrow is to strengthen the anti-APECO campaign on both local and national levels towards the repeal of Republic Act 10083 (amended version of the RA 9490) renamed as the APECO.

The ISM groups are Swiss, Dutch and Filipino faith-based leaders, local anti-APECO support groups, representatives of the CHR and NCIP, together with media around the area of the eco-zone will conduct onsite visit today.

The group furthered that the first day will be a community sharing between the international delegates and local communities, with each sector represented, while the second day underscores the delegates’ visit to the indigenous people and fishing communities affected by the ecozone to listen to their experiences in relation to APECO.

They expected to come up with a comprehensive report about the issue on the ecozone which will be sent to different international organizations and concerned Philippine government agencies, on the local level two (2) days after the probe.

The prelature said that the report will detail the mission’s findings and appeal for appropriate actions, which are beneficial for the residents and affected communities and sectors in Casiguran, pressure international and inter-governmental bodies to issue statements against APECO and persuade the ecozone’s funders and potential investors to withdraw their commitments and investments.

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[Event] Coffee with the Military and the CHR: Straight Talk on Human Rights -Lifeline Foundation

LIFELINE FOUNDATION presents a very special seminar:

Coffee with the Military and the CHR: Straight Talk on Human Rights.

Speakers:
Director Ana Elzy E. Ofreneo
Human Rights Education and Research Office
and
Col. Domingo Tutaan
Chief of the Human Rights Office, Armed Forces of the Philippines

Come and bring all the questions you’ve wanted to ask about human rights, the military and current issues in Philippine society.
Wednesday, 22 February 2012, 7:30pm
at Lifeline Foundation’s Head Office
#86 Aguirre Avenue, BF Homes Paranaque (View Map)
Free of Charge
Call 836-2514 for RESERVATIONS or TO REGISTER , click here or copy below link into your browser.
http://www.ineedalifeline.org/community/lifeline-empowerment-seminar-coffee-with-the-military-and-the-chr-straight-talk-on-human-rights

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[Announcement] Philippine accession to the OPCAT gained another step – UATC

Dear Colleagues and Human Rights Advocates,

Greetings! The Philippine accession to the OPCAT gained another step
yesterday, December 13, when Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate
Foreign Relations Committee, sponsored Resolution 664 calling on the senate
to concur with the decision of the chief executive to adopt the OPCAT.  At
the same time,  Senator Legarda endorsed the government decision to defer
the implementation of Part III of the OPCAT which will prevent the visit of
the Sub Committee on Torture (SPT) for three years after the Philippines
shall have acceded to the protocol.

In explaining her position, Senator Legarda  said the government  need some
time to improve prison and custodial, detention and custodial  facilities.
She  implied that the government could remedy the three biggest problem of
places of detention in the Philippines, such as (1) overcrowding due to
slow processing of cases of inmates, (2) outbreak of diseases, and (3) poor
jail environment that impedes effective rehabilitation of detainees. She
pointed out, however, that   the deferment will  not preclude the
establishment of the National Preventive Mechanism (NPM) which is a very
important torture prevention mechanism cited under the OPCAT.

The United Against Torture Coalition (UATC), whose secretariat is being
chaired by Balay, was present at the senate. While it   has called for the
full adoption of the OPCAT it  nonetheless welcomed the development as it
has moved the process towards the fulfilment of the Philippine accession to
the OPCAT.

The next step ahead is for the senate to discuss and vote on Resolution
664. This could take place in  around  two plenary sessions of the senate.
As the senate will end its session for the year, it could take up the
matter again next year. If all goes well, the entire process could be
completed in the  first quarter of 2012. However, there could be serious
impediments along the way. This is due to the move of legislators to
impeach Supreme Court Chief Justice Corona. This political exercise  is
likely to distract the senators from their legislative tasks. This means
that lobby efforts have to be sustained until  Resolution 664 is approved.

In the meantime, the drafting of the bill for the establishment of the NPM
has to commence. Balay is just waiting for the documents promised by some
colleagues at the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)  so it can proceed with
the UATC plan to hold study sessions and workshops with the proper offices
of the Commission.

Now, as we monitor  further developments at the senate, we may consider
writing the office of Senator Loren Lagarda and other members of the Senate
Committee on Foreign Relations to congratulate them  for their efforts in
pushing for the senate concurrence to the OPCAT accession. At the same
time, we may  call on them to take their efforts further until Senate
Resolution 664 is finally approved.

Thanks so much for all your solidarity and support

Sincerely,

Kaloy A. Anasarias
Executive Director
Balay Rehabilitation Center
Secretariat, UATC

[Event] Human rights defenders’ forum with the Commission on Human Rights

Dear  HRDs and Advocates,

Peace.

The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR), the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), and the Alternative Law Groups (ALG) invite you to attend the HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS’ FORUM WITH THE COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS  on December 12, 2011, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., at the CHR Multi-Purpose Hall, Diliman, Quezon City.

One key component of the CHR’s Roadmap and Key Strategies is the institutionalization of CHR-civil society relationship.   To contribute to this desired goal of institutionalizing CHR-CSO relationship, CHR, PAHRA, and the ALG will organize a series of discussion sessions between the CHR officers and the human rights defenders.  Each session is expected to gather around 30-40 participants, composed of CHR officers and HR Defenders.  The December 12 forum is the first in this series of dialogues.

The discussion sessions will have as a primary objective the strengthening of the cooperation between the CSO human rights defenders and the CHR officers, both at the policy level and at the grassroots level.   The discussion sessions will be a venue to tackle recently enacted policies, and proposed policies, specially the pending bill on the CHR Charter.  Furthermore, the sessions will serve as a forum to discuss the enhancement and institutionalization of cooperative mechanisms for CSO defenders and CHR officers’ parallel and complementary works for human rights promotion and protection.

This initiative is being undertaken as part of the Defend the Defenders Program (Program for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights Defenders), a partnership between the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Alternative Law Groups (ALG).  The program is primarily a funding mechanism for activities that seek to protect the country’s human rights defenders, especially those working on economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR), against threatened or actual abuses and rights violations that they encounter in relation to their advocacy work.

For your reference, we attached a concept note, which describes the December 12, 2011 Forum and the Defend the Defenders Program.

We hope that you can join us in this activity, which is part of this year’s celebration of Human Rights Day.

Thank you very much.

Very truly yours,

Hon. LORETTA ANN P. ROSALES
Chairperson
Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines

Mr. MAX DE MESA
Chairperson
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates

Atty. MARLON J. MANUEL
Coordinator
Alternative Law Groups (ALG)

[Event] Governance Forum of the UN Expanded Theme Group on Governance with CHR

Governance Forum of the UN Expanded Theme Group on Governance with:

CHR Chair Loreta Ann Rosales on 23 November 2011 (Wednesday), 2-4PM

Chair Rosales will share CHR’s 5 – 10 year strategic plan with particular focus on the 3 major areas: (a) the CHR as a National HR institution; (b) the Infrastructure/architecture of Human Rights in the Philippines, i.e. constituencies, policies, mechanisms, structures that are critical to mainstream HR perspectives & practices; and, (c) efforts and initiatives by CHR to strengthen capacities of claimholders especially the poor & disadvantaged.

VENUE:            UNDP Conference Room

30th Floor Yuchengco Tower, RCBC Plaza

Ayala  corner Senator Gil Puyat Avenues

Makati City

Kindly confirm your participation through:
Pehm A. Grafilo           :           901 0252 or pamela.grafilo@undp.org
Jon Hodder                  :           901 0254 or jonathan.hodder@undpaffiliates.org

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.  In the Philippines, UNDP is committed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the Medium-Term Philippine Development Plan.

[From the web] Passage of law protecting human rights workers sought

Passage of law protecting human rights workers sought
by House of Representatives of the Philippines

A lawmaker has urged Congress to enact a law that will protect human rights workers and penalize any member of the military, police, and other security forces that will violate the proposed act.

Rep. Neri Colmenares (Party-list, Bayan Muna), author of House Bill 5379,said despite the international recognition of the importance of human rights defenders in the Philippines, “human rights advocates in the country are reportedly being killed, abducted, kidnapped, arrested arbitrarily and harassed by military and police personnel.”

Colmenares said even immediate family members and other relatives of human rights defenders are being harassed and threatened by security forces.

He noted that of the 1,206 victims of extrajudicial killings in the country, 476 were human rights defenders (HRDs). Of the 206 victims of enforced disappearance, 68 were human rights workers.

Colmenares said a big number of these human rights violations occurred during the Arroyo government.

“Scores from their ranks have been threatened, physically assaulted, tortured, harassed and treated cruelly and inhumanely. These violations are continuously being committed with impunity by government security forces,” Colmenares said.

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[In the news] CHR report: Torture and disappearances attributed to security forces continue in Mindanao

CHR report: Torture and disappearances attributed to security forces continue in Mindanao.

By Julie S. Alipala
Inquirer Mindanao

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines—Torture and forced disappearances involving soldiers and policemen continue to be recorded in many areas in Mindanao under the Aquino administration, and Western Mindanao, where the government’s anti-terror campaign is centered, accounts for the most cases.

Data from the Commission on Human Rights presented this week at a training session here for detention authorities on anti-torture and human rights laws showed that from July 2010 to July this year, 18 cases of torture were recorded in Mindanao.

Eight people also disappeared while 64 others were summarily executed, said a report titled “Recent Trends from 2010-2011″ that was presented by Christopher Louie Ocampo.

“Western Mindanao has the highest (number of torture cases) with 9 cases followed by Region 12 with three and Caraga with three. In the case of enforced disappearances, Western Mindanao is still on top with four cases,” Ocampo said.

Human Rights Commissioner Jose Manuel Mamauag said the discovery of the cases was the result of  active reporting by “aware stakeholders.”

Mamauag said  increased awareness among the people was a positive sign but the downside was that cases of torture, disappearances and summary executions continue.

Read full article @ newsinfo.inquirer.net

[Event] Discussion of AFP Human Rights Office Guidelines on Reporting of HRV Complaints, Monitoring and Feedback system

Philippines Alliance of  Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
Commission on Human  Rights (CHR)

INVITATION

Discussion of  AFP  Human Rights Office Guidelines on Reporting of  HRV Complaints, Monitoring and Feedback system
November 16, 2011
9:00 am – 12:00 noon

CHR Multipurpose Hall, 3rd Floor

NOTE: According to Col. Domingo Tutaan, Chief of AFP HR Office, his office will  draft and present the guidelines for CSO and CHR comments and reactions. The Philippine Army, Navy and Air Force Human Rights Offices will also be represented during the activity

RSVP:  Fred –  0927-866-5354
Rose – 0906-553-1792

Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
53-B Maliksi St. Bgy. Pinyahan
Quezon City, Philippines (1100)
Tel/fax (632) 436-26-33
Mobile : 0906-553-1792
E-mail:  pahra@philippinehumanrights.org
pahracampaigns@gmail.com
Fb account: philippinehumanrights

[In the news] CHR: Probe fake claimants – INQUIRER.net

CHR: Probe fake claimants.

By Kristine L. Alave
Philippine Daily Inquirer

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) chair Etta Rosales has ordered an investigation into reported cases of fake claimants to the compensation money awarded to human rights victims during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos.

She also said she would discuss with the claimants’ lawyers the possibility of imposing more stringent identification measures to ensure that checks are only given to real claimants.

The Philippine National Police recently busted a syndicate that reportedly provided fake documents to people who would pose as claimants.

Rosales said the CHR would undertake an independent probe on the matter.

Read full article @ newsinfo.inquirer.net

[Event] CSOs and CHR Consultation on the Universal Periodic Review

                        

CSOs and CHR Consultation on the Universal Periodic Review

Date:  November 8, 2011
Time:  9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Venue:  CHR Multi Purpose Hall
3rd Floor, CHR Office

The submission of the stakeholders (including CSOs and NHRIs) report to the 2nd cycle of the Universal periodic Review (UPR) is fast approaching, Nov. 28, 2011. The Commission on Human Rights thru the Office of GovLink and PAHRA-Philrights who are spearheading a joint submission for several CSOs deemed that a consultation would be  important to:

1.     To revisit the significance of the UPR in HR promotion and protection

2.     To review UPR Guidelines for the 2nd cycle and respective roles of NHRIs and CSOs

3.     To present the CHR and CSO independent submissions

4.     To identify issues of common concerns and unique findings on the implementation of recommendations by government

5.     To strategize and optimize the respective roles of NHRIs and CSOs and lobby work  in ensuring more meaningful recommendations to the Philippine government for the promotion, protection and fulfilment of human rights of all Filipinos

RSVP:  Rose 0906-553-1792
Bernie 0927-424-1551

Thanks
Rose Trajano
Acting Secretary General
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
53-B Maliksi St. Bgy. Pinyahan
Quezon City, Philippines (1100)
Tel/fax (632) 436-26-33
Mobile : 0906-553-1792
E-mail:  pahra@philippinehumanrights.org
pahracampaigns@gmail.com
Fb account: philippinehumanrights

[In the news] CHR to military: Stop air raids in Zambo Sibugay, use intel for MILF rogue elements -InterAksyon.com

CHR to military: Stop air raids in Zambo Sibugay, use intel for MILF rogue elements
by Abigail Kwok, InterAksyon.com

MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has appealed to the military to end air raids in Payao, Zamboanga Sibugay as thousands of families were displaced due to the ongoing clashes.

CHR Commissioner Etta Rosales said that at the end of the day, it is the civilians who will suffer the most.

“I hope this will be the first and last time na magbombahan. Kasi kung gusto natin habulin ang rogue elements baka naman hindi kelangan ng bomba (If we want to go after the rogue elements, there might not be a need to bomb),” Rosales said in an interview at Camp Aguinaldo on Wednesday.

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