CORE PROGRAMS and STRATEGIES
Human Rights Protection Services
The Human Rights Protection program covers the entire complaints and case management process from documentation, investigation, resolution, referral, and case monitoring. It includes all other adjunct services derived from its powers and mandates to provide preventive measures and remedies and protect victims from violations of their rights or from any abuse specially of the disadvantaged, marginalized, and vulnerable. The program is implemented at the national and regional and field operations levels with the following major activities:
• Documentation and management of complaints of human rights violations – This includes the conduct of special fact finding missions, public inquiries, quick reaction response, the provision of developmental legal services, such as legal aid, alternative dispute resolution and other forms of assistance to complainants, victims, witnesses and their families. It also includes the operation of the National Monitoring Mechanism, a collaboration among the CHR, CSOs, government agencies and the security sector to end impunity.
• Monitoring of human rights conditions in detention facilities and penal rehabilitation centers – As a National Preventive Mechanism on torture , this involves the conduct of announced and unannounced visits to inspect the human rights situation of persons deprived of their liberty . It also includes the provision of legal and other forms of assistance to PDLs to respond to their complaints and requests or the monitored inhumane conditions. Covered under this activity are the following: 8 National Penitentiaries, 85 Provincial Jails, more than 1,500 municipal and city jails, as well as lock up cells, rehabilitation centers, and other detention facilities.
• Provision of independent forensics services and medico-legal services in aid of investigation. – This covers the conduct of exhumations, autopsies and medico-legal services and other forensics studies to provide evidence and establish the cause of death, injury or identification of victim. This requires a continuing upgrading and maintenance of the forensic laboratory, equipment and supplies and forensic training for updates of in forensic technology.
Human Rights Promotion Program
The Human Rights Promotion Program refers to the combination of approaches and strategies to inform and educate people and communities on human rights to enable them to apply and practice human rights in their personal and public lives. The Program targets specific sectors, such as the law enforcement, security and intelligence (LESI); the civil service or the government bureaucracy; educational institutions in both formal and non-formal setting; the local government units; the mass media; people’s organizations specially those of vulnerable, disadvantaged and marginalized groups; professional groups, among others. The Program seeks to institutionalize the integration of human rights in basic, secondary, and tertiary education; in military and police training and formation; and in capacity building of public officials and civil servants both at the national and local levels. It also includes advocacy campaigns using the various forms of communications media. Such campaigns shall be timed with the celebration of human rights milestone events or commemorative declarations of the United Nations such as the annual human rights consciousness week and the International Human Rights Day. The Human Rights Promotion Program is implemented at the national and regional levels with the following sub programs:
• Continuing Development of client-based human rights education and training programs and delivery of client-based education and training projects for priority sectors – The Commission partners with concerned stakeholders for the development of learning modules, teaching aids and education materials
• Human Rights Advocacy Campaigns – This includes the organization and mobilization of a network of public support for the conduct of human rights events and promotional campaigns and the corresponding Information, Education, Communication (IEC) materials and projection strategies for wide media coverage.
• Research, documentation and publications
HR Policy Advisory Services
CHR’s policy advisory services include the issuance of human rights advisories, position papers, statements and comments on existing and proposed legislations, local ordinances and programs and practices of government bodies. This extends to the formulation of policy guidelines, implementing rules and regulations on new and/or special human rights laws, and such other program measures. The Commission conducts legal research and policy studies to translate international human rights treaties and standards into domestic laws. Under the Program, the Commission prepares independent reports on the government’s implementation of the HR treaty provisions. The reports include the annual human rights situation, thematic human rights issues such as on detention facilities, health, housing, gender and development, assessments of national action plans, among other independent reports required by the HR bodies of United Nations. The Commission engages with the Charter- and Treaty-based bodies such as the Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Bodies of the eight Core International Human Rights Instruments, Special Procedures Mechanism, the Human Rights Council, and other UN bodies. It shall institutionalize the tripartite reporting and monitoring mechanism on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), and other country treaty reports