CHR denounces continuing attacks on activists, union leaders
MANILA, Philippines – The Commission on Human Rights on Friday renewed its call for respect for activists and union leaders and an end to their harassment.
CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said that many union leaders—including their kin, friends, and colleagues—“are beset with fear for their life and security.”
“Reports and complaints alleging threats, intimidation, and harassment from state agents and vigilantes alike continue to come in despite repeated plea to protect the rights of activists and union leaders,” De Guia said in a statement.
“CHR continues to denounce any form of attack against members of rights groups and its leaders,” she added.
She made it clear that it is the government’s responsibility to uphold and protect its people’s rights regardless of their ideology and political affiliation.
“Accusations or actions against activists and union leaders must be done following due process, guidelines, and civil service ethics that are established to protect human rights,” De Guia said.
Earlier, CHR has pushed for the passage of House Bill No. 9199 or the Human Rights Defenders (HRD) Protection Bill seeking to protect human rights workers.
– Liezelle Soriano Roy, trainee
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