Breaking the Legal Chains: Empowering Women Human Rights Defenders

The Medical Action Group (MAG) welcomes the long-anticipated decision of a Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court to grant bail to former Senator Leila De Lima, signifying a legal triumph. While her temporary release represents a positive political development, MAG ardently urges the court for the expeditious dismissal of the remaining baseless charges lodged against her.

The more than six years of De Lima’s confinement poignantly underscore the precarious circumstances confronting human rights defenders in the nation, particularly the women advocates, whose relentless dedication frequently subjects them to persecution and assaults that extend beyond the confines of their social lives and personal security, taking a toll on their mental well-being.

MAG echoes the constant pleas from international entities, including the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, to the urgent need to protect human rights defenders in the Philippines.

MAG remains resolutely committed to supporting the cause of human rights defenders like Leila De Lima, who valiantly raise their voices against injustices and abuses.

Empowering women human rights defenders necessitates more than mere legal safeguards, it also involves preserving their physical health and mental well-being.

MAG steadfastly strives to contribute towards fostering an enabling environment wherein these defenders can persist in their indispensable work to upholding justice and human rights in the country.