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CHRP

Philippines

Commission of Human Rights of the Philippines

Commission of Human Rights of the Philippines

SAAC Bldg., UP Complex, Commonwealth Ave., Diliman, Quezon City 1101

Tel : (632) 927.2199
Fax : (632) 925.3884
Official Website : http://www.chr.gov.ph

The importance of human rights in the Philippines is enshrined in the Philippine Constitution of 1987 hence; it stated the creation of an independent human rights body in Article XIII, Section 17. On May 5, 1987, former President C. Aquino signed Executive Order No. 163, thus, Commission of Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) came into existence. The independence and autonomy of the CHRP are indicated in its powers to (1) adopt its operational guidelines and rules of procedure, and cite for contempt for violations thereof in accordance with the Rules of Court; (2) recommend to the Congress effective measures to promote human rights and to provide for compensation to victims of violations of human rights, or their families; (3) grant immunity from prosecution to any person whose testimony or whose possession of documents or other evidence is necessary or convenient to determine the truth in any investigation conducted by it or under its authority; and, (4) request the assistance of any department, bureau, office or agency in the performance of its functions.

The organization's programmes and services are organized around four main axes:

  • Human Rights Protection Programme, which includes Investigation and Forensic Services, Legal Services, Legal Aid and Counseling, Conciliation, Mediation, Human Rights Assistance, and Visiting Services;

  • Human Rights Promotion Programme, which includes Education and Training, Human Rights Information and Public Advocacy, Human Rights Research and Development, Compliance Monitoring of International Human Rights Standards in Governance, and Web Services;

  • Human Rights Linkages Development and Strategic Planning, covering Rights-based Planning in Governance, Human Rights Performance System in Governance, Harnessing Competence in Government and None-state Actors for Good Human Rights Practices, the Executive Cooperation Programme, and the Legislative and Judicial Cooperation Programme; and,

  • Special Programmes, which include Rights-based Approach Application, Barangay Human Rights Action Centre, Human Rights Teaching Exemplars, Child Rights Centre, Women's Rights Programme Centre, and Asia-Pacific Institute of Human Rights

COMMISSION MEMBERS

Chairman Atty. Jose Luis Martin C. Gascon
Commissioners Ms. Karen Lucia S. Gomez-Dumpit
Atty. Leah C. Tanodra-Armamento
Atty. Gwendolyn Petrecia L. Pimentel-Gana
Atty. Roberto Eugenio T. Cadiz

VISION

A Philippine society where human rights and fundamental freedoms are fully enjoyed by everyone, and are respected, protected and fulfilled by the state in accordance with universal human rights principles and standards, and in compliance with its obligations under the international human rights instruments.

MISSION

As an independent human rights institution, the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines is committed to ensure the primacy of all human rights and to their protection, promotion and fulfillment, on the basis of equality and non-discrimination, in particular for those who are marginalized and vulnerable.

GOAL STATEMENT

To be the prime mover in strengthening respect, understanding and practice of human rights as the essential cornerstone of peace, unity and nation-building.

  • 11 January - international human trafficking awareness day
  • 20 February - world day of social justice
  • March - international women's month
  • 8 March - international women's day
  • 21 March - international day for the elimination of racial discrimination
  • 4 April - international day for mine awareness and assistance in mine action
  • 7 April - world health day
  • 3 May - world press freedom day
  • 15 May - international day of families
  • 17 May - international day against homophobia and transphobia
  • 21 May - world day of cultural diversity for dialogue and development
  • 5 June - world environment day
  • 20 June - world refugee day
  • 26 June - International Day In Support Of Victims Of Torture
  • 11 July - world population day
  • 9 August - international day of the world's indigenous people
  • 12 August - international humanitarian law day
  • 12 August - International Youth Day
  • 30 August - international day of victims of enforced disappearance
  • 8 September - international literacy day
  • 21 September - international day of peace
  • 1 October - international day for older persons/seniors
  • 2 October - international day of nonviolence
  • 11 October - international day of the girl child
  • 13 October - international day for disaster reduction
  • 17 October - international day for the eradication of poverty
  • 20 November - universal children's day
  • 1 December - world AIDS day
  • 3 December - international day of disabled persons
  • 10 December - international human rights day
  • 18 December - international migrant day