February 24, 2016
“Make Human Rights the core of your governance.”- HR groups challenge candidates
Human rights groups today challenged all candidates in the 2016 national and local elections to support the Human Rights Agenda as their electoral platform.
Gathering in the University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, Quezon City, at a media forum in celebration of the 30th anniversary of EDSA, entitled “Human Rights from Aquino to Aquino: EDSA @30: A Civil Society Assessment of Gains, Reverses and Challenges”, about one hundred (100) human rights defenders led by the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) has launched the Human Rights Agenda 2016 in the lead up to the May 2016 elections.
“The Human Rights Agenda will be brought to the attention of all candidates and political parties in this coming May elections. This agenda also presupposes a range of human rights violations in the different branches of government that must be addressed in developing a National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) for the next administration,” Max de Mesa, PAHRA Chairperson said. “Furthermore,” he stressed, “we must progressively struggle for greater freedoms and fuller enjoyment of our rights.”
The changing landscape offers a significant opportunity for ensuring protection and promotion of human rights in the agenda of the next administration.
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30th EDSA Anniversary #EDSA30
MEDIA and PUBLIC FORUM
“Human Rights from Aquino to Aquino”
EDSA@30: A Civil Society Assessment of Gains, Reverses and Challenges
Human Rights Agenda 2016 for Election and Beyond
February 24, 2016 (Wednesday)
9:00AM Forum and 11:00AM Press Conference
University of the Philippines, College of Law, Malcolm Hall
Diliman, Quezon City
The Medical Action Group (MAG) in its activities continuously made efforts to work with the UN system with a mandate to protect human rights defenders through continuous communication and joint submission of reports to relevant stakeholders. The submission is part of the "Use of Evidence Based Approach to Human Rights Documentation and Monitoring for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders and their Families, and in the Fight Against Impunity" project in partnership with the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) with support of the European Union (EU).
Information from Civil Society Organizations, the joint submission report of the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) with various Philippine CSOs to the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) Pre-Sessional Working Group (and List of Issues) for the Philippines, on the situation of human rights defenders working on economic, social and cultural rights in the Philippines.