Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the Department of Education’s hiring of new teachers

02 June 2017 PRESS STATEMENT Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the Department of Education’s hiring of new teachers  The Commission on Human Rights welcomes the Department of Education’s pronouncement that there will be 40,000 new public school teachers added to the roster by the time classes start in June 2017. This surge […]

Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act

29 May 2017 PRESS STATEMENT Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act The Commission on Human Rights lauds the approval of Senate Bill 1444 or the “Expanded NIPAS Act of 2017” that brings an additional ninety-two (92) new areas under the protection of the said […]

Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the President’s rape joke and current human rights situation in Marawi City

28 May 2017 PRESS STATEMENT Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the President’s rape joke and current human rights situation in Marawi City Rape is never a joke. Women—especially those poor and vulnerable who bear the brunt of the ongoing violence on the ground—are not objects of ridicule either. It is in this context that the Commission […]

Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to behead human rights advocates

27 May 2017 PRESS STATEMENT Statement of the Commission on Human Rights  on President Rodrigo Duterte’s threat to behead human rights advocates Words matter. Pronouncements, especially those uttered by persons in authority, bear great weight and might be taken as official policy. The Commission on Human Rights takes exception to the President’s threat to behead […]

Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the upholding of human rights in the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao

26 May 2017 PRESS STATEMENT Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the upholding of human rights in the implementation of Martial Law in Mindanao Following the submission of Proclamation 216 to Congress, the Commission on Human Rights would like to reiterate its reminder to those involved in its implementation to protect and uphold […]

Statement of CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit on the Fact-Finding Report of the Regional Internal Affairs Service – National Capital Region concerning Manila Police District Raxabago Station 1’s Alleged Secret Detention Cell and Violation of Anti-Torture Act of 2009

19 May 2017 PRESS STATEMENT Statement of CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit on the Fact-Finding Report of the Regional Internal Affairs Service – National Capital Region concerning Manila Police District Raxabago Station 1’s Alleged Secret Detention Cell and Violation of Anti-Torture Act of 2009 We do not subscribe to the findings and recommendations of the […]

Statement of Commissioner Karen S. Gomez-Dumpit on the filing of criminal and administrative cases by the Commission on Human Rights before the Ombudsman against Manila Police District-Raxabago Police Station 1 personnel over its secret detention cell

10 May 2017 Statement of Commissioner Karen S. Gomez-Dumpit on the filing of criminal and administrative cases by the Commission on Human Rights before the Ombudsman against Manila Police District-Raxabago Police Station 1 personnel over its secret detention cell It is with the utmost urgency and dispatch that the CHR now refers the matter of […]

CHR: Senator’s CA comment disrespect, disregard and discriminate women

4 May 2017 PRESS RELEASE CHR: Senator’s CA comment disrespect, disregard and discriminate women The Commission on Human Rights, as Gender Ombud, joins the collective condemnation of the sexist and discriminatory comment made by Senator Sotto during the May 3, 2017 Commission on Appointment deliberation of Secretary Judy Taguiwalo when he said “In the street […]

CHR Chair Chito Gascon’s reponse to PNP Chief Bato de la Rosa’s statement on the Manila Police District Station 1’s secret jail

It is prudent that in matters that may involve malfeasance or misconduct by public officials – particularly when this affect fundamental human rights, as in this case – that their superiors refrain from making statements that appear to be condoning the same. Otherwise, to do so further encourages the climate of impunity that perpetuates wrongful […]