CHR concerned over President Duterte’s remarks against UN Special Rapporteur, human rights defenders

1 September 2017 PRESS RELEASE CHR concerned over President Duterte’s remarks against UN Special Rapporteur, human rights defenders The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is concerned over President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s expletives against UN Special Rapporteur on Extra-Judicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions, Agnes Callamard, and other human rights defenders. The recent statement from the highest […]

Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the President’s commitment to bring justice to Kian Loyd delos Santos’s death

24 August 2017 PRESS STATEMENT Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the President’s commitment to bring justice to Kian Loyd delos Santos’s death The Commission on Human Rights expresses its profound sympathies to the family, friends, and loved ones of Kian Loyd delos Santos. At the same time, we welcome the President’s commitment in […]

CHR calls for review of house-to-house drug testing policy, stresses need to protect rights of all

24 August 2017 PRESS RELEASE CHR calls for review of house-to-house drug testing policy, stresses need to protect rights of all QUEZON CITY—The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) expresses concern over the ongoing house-to-house drug testing reportedly conducted by police forces in Payatas and nearby barangays in Quezon City, Metro Manila, citing possible human rights […]

CHR expresses alarm over high number of deaths, commences motu proprio investigations

20 August 2017 PRESS RELEASE CHR expresses alarm over high number of deaths, commences motu proprio investigations QUEZON CITY—The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) expresses alarm over the unprecedented surge in the number of deaths in less than a week, with counts reaching 80, in the towns of Bulacan, Laguna, Cavite, and areas in Metro […]

CHR reiterates stance on the death penalty in End Crime, Not Life Public Forum

17 August 2017 QUEZON CITY—The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) stressed its opposition to the reinstatement of the death penalty in the Philippines, asserting that it has never deterred heinous crimes from happening in the country. “Death penalty does not deter crimes. In fact, crime rates went down by 18.8% even without the death penalty,” […]

Bombing of lumad schools against int’l humanitarian law – CHR

QUEZON CITY—The Commission on Human Rights took a stand against threats to bomb lumad schools saying that it would violate the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) that gives protection to non-combatants, civilians, as well as civilian properties and institutions, during armed conflict. “Paalala lang na ang pambobomba ng mga eskwelahan, ospital o anumang institusyong sibilyan ay […]

Statement of the Commission on Human Rights  on the passage of the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law

09 August 2017 Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the passage of the Anti-Hospital Deposit Law The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) lauds the passage of the Republic Act No. 10932, otherwise known as the “Anti-Hospital Deposit Law,” especially in its intent to increase the penalties for the refusal of hospitals and clinics […]

Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on calls for its abolition

29, July 2017 Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on calls for its abolition The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is an independent, non-partisan office established by the Constitution. Words are important in all circumstances but particularly so when uttered by the sitting President as these could quickly render into State policy—regardless of the […]

Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘Miss Universe’ rape joke

19 July 2017 PRESS RELEASE Statement of the Commission on Human Right on President Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘Miss Universe’ rape joke The Commission on Human Rights continues to express grave concern over actions that incite violence against women, especially coming from someone who holds the most powerful position in the country. While condemning the crime, the President quipped that he will congratulate a rapist […]

CHR conducts Nat’l Inquiry on the situation of IPs

31 May 2017 PRESS RELEASE CHR conducts Nat’l Inquiry on the situation of IPs ILOILO CITY—The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) held a public hearing on May 25-26, as part of a National Inquiry meant to look into the situation of indigenous peoples (IPs) in the Philippines. “We are taking account of the concerns of […]