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 […]

CHR urges PHL gov’t: address human rights situation on the ground

19 May 2017  PRESS RELEASE CHR urges PHL gov’t: address human rights situation on the ground QUEZON CITY—The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) urged the current administration to address the recommendations of the 95 United Nations (UN) member states on the human rights situation in the country voiced out during the 3rd Universal Periodic Review […]

Press Release of the Commission on Human Rights On the Statement of Presidential Spokesman Ernesto Abella on Extra-Judicial Killings addressed to the European Union

(download .pdf here) On 2 April 2017, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella cited before the media that the Commission on Human Rights had stated that the spate of extra-judicial killings were not state-sponsored. The CHR wishes to reiterate and emphasize that it has yet to arrive at a conclusion on whether the spate of extra-judicial killings […]

Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the passing of former Senator Leticia Ramos-Shahani

The Commission on Human Rights joins the nation in mourning the death of a respected senator, career diplomat, women’s human rights advocate, and Filipina, Leticia Ramos-Shahani. In 1964, Shahani joined the United Nations (UN) Secretariat, under its Division of Human Rights, and was recognized as one of the top-ranking women of the UN. In the […]

CHR Statement on the Resumption of Oplan Tokhang

 03 March 2017 PRESS STATEMENT  download as PDF The Commission on Human Rights denounces the resumption of Operation Tokhang by the Philippine National Police. It should not continue because it has caused thousands to be killed without due process and many innocents have perished in the course of the campaign.  Thousands have surrendered but many […]

CHR Statement on the Passing of House Bill No. 4727 (Reimposition of the Death Penalty) on Second Reading

02 March 2017 PRESS STATEMENT  download as PDF  The Commission on Human Rights is alarmed with the surprising speed of the passing on second reading by the House of Representatives (HOR) of House Bill (HB) No. 4727, which seeks to reimpose the death penalty in the Philippines.   The Commission and the country as a […]

CHR Statement on the Suspension of the Anti-Drug Campaign

31 January 2017 PRESS STATEMENT Download as PDF   The Commission on Human Rights welcomes the recent pronouncement of Chief PNP Ronald dela Rosa that all anti-drug operations shall stop nationwide while the PNP shall focus on internal cleansing.  It is a recognition that the campaign is fraught with flaws and susceptible to abuse.  It […]

CHR Statement on the Official Invitation of the Philippines to the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions

21 December 2016 PRESS STATEMENT (download as PDF) CHR Statement on the Official Invitation of the Philippines to the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions The Commission on Human Rights back in October, welcomed the official announcement of the Philippine Government on its invitation to the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary […]