CHR bats for right of detainees to due process
MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) on Saturday urged the government to uphold the right of detainees to due process as Senator Leila de Lima marked her fourth year in detention.
In a statement, CHR spokeswoman Jacqueline De Guia said De Lima and other persons deprived of liberty have rights to “due process, the presumption of innocence, and to a speedy, impartial, and public trial.“
“We continue to remind the government that detention and imprisonment do not diminish the government’s obligation to respect human rights and dignity,” she said.
The CHR stressed the government must allow De Lima to exercise these rights despite her being a staunch critic of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“We expect that, as the Philippine government pledges greater and better adherence to human rights standards, the same commitment applies to Senator De Lima and all those allegedly being targeted using the legal system for being staunch critics of the government,” De Guia said.
De Lima has been detained since February 23, 2017, at the Philippine National Police Custodial Facility inside Camp Crame in Quezon City for three charges related to the illegal drug trade. One of these charges had already been dismissed.