Philippines’ Commission on Human Rights continues to work with CSOs
In October 2008, a project on “Community-based Dialogue Sessions on Human Rights Between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, and Civil Society Organizations and Local Communities” was launched to contribute to the improvement of the Human Rights situation in the Philippines through strengthening relationship among security forces, local communities and civil society organizations. This project, supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation of Germany, is a partnership among the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP), Ninoy and Cory Aquino Foundation (NCAF), the Philippine National Police through the Human Rights Affairs Office (PNP-HRAO), the Armed Forces of the Philippines through the Human Rights Office (AFP-HRO), the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), and the Alternative Law Groups (ALG).
As a component of this project and as a part of the celebration of the Human Rights Week, a “Top-Level Policy Dialogues on Human Rights” was held on 7 December 2015 in Quezon City where the newly appointed CHRP Chairperson Jose Luis Martin Gascon and Commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit presented the Strategic Direction of the CHRP under the 5th Commission (2015-2022).
More than 70 participants representing different human rights organizations, civil society organizations and members of the AFP, PNP, CHRP, and local government officials attended the forum. A panel of reactors was also invited to share their ideas and insights on the Commission’s strategic direction.
Chairperson Gascon acknowledged the issues and opportunities raised by the panel and the participants. He also committed to continue working with CSOs and the security forces sector in enabling the marginalized and vulnerable to assert their basic rights.