Friday, November 17, 2017
Close  
opinion / Latest Opinion

A blow to human rights

opinion / Latest Opinion
  • share this

A blow to human rights

/ 05:12 AM September 14, 2017

The move by the House of Representatives to appropriate a mere P1,000 (about $20) to the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) for its 2018 budget would deal a blow against accountability for human rights violations in the Philippines.

The vote by an overwhelming majority of the House is part of the Duterte administration’s attempt to prevent independent institutions to check its abuses, particularly in the context of the brutal drug war that has claimed the lives of thousands, including dozens of children.

While the CHR’s performance as a constitutional body may not have been fully satisfactory to many Filipinos, its mandate is important in combatting human rights abuses. Instead of defunding it, Congress should increase its resources and ensure that it fulfills that mandate.

ADVERTISEMENT

PHELIM KINE, deputy Asia director, Human Rights Watch

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: 17th Congress, CHR budget cut, Commission on Human Rights, drug killings, extrajudicial killings, Human Rights Watch, Inquirer letters, Phelim Kline, Rodrigo Duterte, war on drugs
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.




© Copyright 1997-2016 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved