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No need for HR defenders bill, rights enshrined in Charter

Undersecretary Severo Catura, NTF ELCAC spokesperson for Worldwide Affairs, Peace Job and Human Rights Considerations (Screengrab from NTF ELCAC digital press conference)

MANILA – There is now not a necessity for the enactment of Dwelling Invoice 10576, moreover identified because the Human Rights Defenders Protection Invoice, because the total rights and freedoms cited in it are already incorporated in the nation’s Structure.

“The total rights and freedoms cited by the bill as needing safety are accurately lined by our Structure already and below particular laws. So are we pronouncing here that these rights enact now now not exist and therefore ought to restful be stressed in one more law. Because from how we checked out it, and from how hundreds and hundreds of Filipinos checked out it, all these rights are in design and being enjoyed,” Undersecretary Severo Catura, National Assignment Drive to Halt Local Communist Armed Battle (NTF ELCAC) spokesperson for Worldwide Affairs, Peace Job and Human Rights Considerations, said in a digital press conference on Monday.

Catura said the bill does now now not shield real human rights defenders but handiest enables “pretenders” to advance a “context that perpetuates falsehood and deceit”.

“It is some distance fully against the grain of what human rights ideas are being dwelling in design,” he added.

If authorized by Congress, Catura said this law will “adversely impact” the nation’s overall campaign against native terrorism and the advancement of the peace course of.

“It is some distance moreover a slap to the United Nations (UN) (whose) insurance policies on human rights are either being bent or fully unheeded. And the bill would possibly possibly possibly also be called something else but a human rights bill,” he added.

Catura moreover expressed issues over the bill’s inclusion of a trusty to solicit, receive, and spend resources.

He added that this provision is opposite to a wanted present law that controls the solicitation of resources.

Catura raised dread over the provision of the bill which seeks to establish sanctuaries for human rights victims as this gives leeway to criminals or those held guilty by courts to examine out refuge by claiming to be human rights violation victims or human rights defenders.

The proposed bill, Catura said, moreover violates the human rights belief of inclusivity, by declaring that four groups will philosophize its proposed Human Rights Defenders Protection Committee.

These organizations are the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates, Karapatan, Free Honest Aid Community, and the National Union of Peoples’ Attorneys.

Earlier, Catura said the proposed bill has many “many suited infirmities”, adding that even the UN does now now not occupy any pronouncement on who must be classified as “human rights defenders.”

“Human rights defender is now now not a job title,” Catura explained, adding that defending human rights must be pursued by each person in keeping with UN’s declarations, but must be completed in a “level-headed formula.”

Catura said what the UN has directly acknowledged is that the manager, police, and army are the defenders of human rights.

He moreover questioned the motivations of the Makabayan Bloc lawmakers in pushing for the proposed laws since the bill did now not even occupy the braveness to denounce the proven atrocities committed by communist terrorist groups.

“Right here’s a travesty and mockery of human rights,” Catura added. (PNA)

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