The Integrated Bar of the Philippines is set to commemorate the 70th year adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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IN A bid to promote human rights awareness amid mounting reports of its violation, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines on Monday will host “Human Rights Day 2017: Our Rights. Our Freedom. Always,” a legal forum to commemorate the 70th year adoption of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

The forum, which is co-organized by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) and the Philippine Association of Law Schools (PALS), is meant to promote awareness and acceptance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as recognize the importance of protecting human rights and fundamentally-guaranteed freedoms within the context of national development.

The UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in December 10, 1948 during the third session of the United Nations in Paris, France The Declaration consists of 30 articles affirming an individual’s rights which, although not legally binding in themselves, have been elaborated in subsequent international treaties, economic, regional human rights instruments, national constitutions, and other laws.

According to Wikipedia, an open source website, the Declaration was the first step in the process of formulating the International Bill of Human Rights, which was completed in 1966, and came into force in 1976, after a sufficient number of countries had ratified them.

Scheduled to speak in the 3 pm. human rights forum, which will be held at the 4th Floor of the IBP National Office, Doña Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Centre, Pasig City; are CHR Commissioner Gwendolyn Pimentel-Gana, who will be speaking on “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Philippine Constitution;” PALS in-coming chairperson Lyceum University College of Law Dean Soledad Margarita Deriquito-Mawis, who will be discussing “Human Rights and Legal Education;” and IBP Presidential Adviser on Human Rights and Dean of the De La Salle University College of Law Jose Manuel Diokno, who will be sharing his personal and professional insights on “Human Rights in Practice.”

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President Rodrigo Duterte has been in the cross hair of local and international human rights organizations due to the mounting number of Extra Judicial Killings (EJK) allegedly committed by the state and non-state actors in the name of his campaign against illegal drugs.

The latest casualty figure was placed by human rights observers to be about 14,000 people since the Duterte administration took power last year. 

Meanwhile, the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines-United States, the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-USA, and the United Church of Christ in the Philippines are set to stage rallies, candle light vigils and forums in New York City to encourage people, especially the Filipinos, to speak out against EJKs, disappearances, and illegal arrests and detentions.

On the 10th of December at 5 pm. and the 12th at 5:30 pm. respectively, there will be an emergency rally and candlelight vigil in front of the Philippine Consulate at 556 5th Avenue. The following day, a forum, “Rise up for Human Rights” will be held at 6 pm. at the San Damiano Hall at 127 West, 31st Street where UCCP’s Bishop and Rise Up for Rights and Life member Reuel Marigza will be guest speaker.


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