RP admired for forging IHR covenants
by ES Subong
Iloilo City (29 August) -- The Philippine government has been admired by other world leaders for having been signatory to International Human Rights (IHR) covenants and protocols.
Commission on Human Rights (CHR) 6 Regional Dir. Atty. David Bermudo said that the Philippines' commitments to comply with the protocols show the government's relentless efforts in promoting and protecting human rights in all levels in the country in as much as it could.
Bermudo said that the government through the CHR is continuously and regularly reporting to the international bodies about the compliance of the covenants and have even asked an independent rapporteur to observe and review the state of human rights protection and promotion in the country.
The CHR chief said that the government is trying its best to deliver and fulfill the rights of the people, and when the efforts are found weak in some aspects based on reports and reviews, the international community are bound to assist because this is part of the protocols.
Up for review, Bermudo said, is the performance of the country along economic, social and cultural rights promotion, that include civil rights, political rights, economic, and social security rights.
Civil rights are measured on the rate the government has pursued the rights of people to express their beliefs, opinions and redress of grievances among others; political rights which are expressed in freedom to vote and participate in political activities; economic which include the right to work, to engage in livelihood; social security through social welfare agencies; while cultural, on the extent the government is working to promote the rights of Indigenous peoples and other cultural minorities in the country.
Bermudo said the promotion of human rights also need resources, money to fulfill its mandates to perform well based on the covenants and protocols it had signed. (PIA 6) [top]