Philippines says adherence to rights remains strong

Pia Lee-Brago - The Philippine Star
Philippines says adherence to rights remains strong
This file photo shows a protester holding a placard that says, "Uphold human rights."
The STAR / KJ Rosales, File

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines underscored its adherence to international standards on human rights and its open and constructive engagements with global bodies, especially the United Nations, remain strong and vibrant, the Department of Foreign Affairs said.

During the ASEAN Human Rights Dialogue 2022 in Siem Reap, Cambodia, the Philippines shared the country’s priorities and initiatives in the protection and promotion of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Foreign Affairs Assistant Secretary Jaime Victor Ledda gave a presentation on the current status of the Philippine human rights situation.

He spoke about the country’s priorities on human rights under the leadership of President Marcos, including the holistic approach to the anti-illegal drug campaign, strengthening domestic investigative and accountability mechanisms, upholding freedom of the press, protection of migrant workers, and updates on relevant laws and international engagements undertaken by the Philippines.

“The Philippines reiterates its willingness and readiness to collaborate with all stakeholders, including similarly situated UN member states, to share knowledge and awareness in clarifying such emerging trends. Fully recognizing its role as a human rights duty-bearer, the country shall continue to provide accessible venues and advocates for dialogue,” Ledda said.

The dialogue is a venue for discussions between ASEAN member states, ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights, and national human rights institutions. It is an open space to share experiences in promoting and protecting the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the peoples of ASEAN.


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