Who we are

Who We Are

We are the National Human Rights Institution (NHRI) of the Philippines. We are an independent office created under the 1987 Philippine Constitution and established on May 5, 1987 by virtue of Executive Order No. 163.

 

We derive our mandates from the 1987 Philippine Constitution and the other laws that  have also entrusted other roles to us to protect and promote human rights and the human dignity of every Filipino and everyone in the Philippines.

 

We are an “A” accredited National Human Rights Institution.  We comply with the Paris Principles on the Status of National Human Rights Institutions adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1995.  In line with this, we endeavour to demonstrate the following characteristics of a NHRI:  independence, pluralism, broad mandate, transparency, accessibility and operational efficiency.

 

Who We Serve

The Constitution mandates us to serve all persons within the Philippines and Filipinos abroad.  We provide services to both rights-holders and duty-bearers.

 

We work for the empowerment of all rights-holders with a special focus on the disadvantaged, marginalized and vulnerable groups including but not limited to children, women and girls, persons deprived of liberty, indigenous peoples, workers, including migrant workers, workers in the formal and informal economy, displaced persons, persons living in poverty, persons with disability/ies, older persons, persons of diverse sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGIE).  We provide particular attention to victims of human rights violations, their families as well as those witnesses whose testimony is vital in the investigation and prosecution of human rights violations.

 

We work to build and strengthen the capacities of all duty bearers including but not limited to actors in the security sector, the justice system, front line service providers, and  decision and policy-makers.  Duty–bearers shall be understood to mean both state and non-state actors, including private citizens, institutions, businesses and corporations.

 

We work in partnership with all national government agencies and instrumentalities within the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary, independent constitutional commissions, Local Government Units, government-owned and controlled corporations, state universities and colleges, civil society groups.

 

We engage with the regional and international community to strengthen our work in the promotion and protection of all human rights for all.

 

Symbolism of the Logo of the Commission on Human Rights

The logo consists of a circle which is divided into two (2) equal parts signifying “equality” in consonance with the principle that “All men shall be equal before the law” and represents the two-fold mandate of the CHR that is “the promotion and protection of human rights”, a dove bearing an olive branch signifying “peace” and a pair of scales symbolizing “justice”.

The left side of the logo is rendered in “sky blue” which connotes “the right to advance ones well-being and social, mental and physical development”. The right side in “gold is “to spur public awareness of the value of human dignity and the inalienable right to exercise human rights and liberties”.

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