THE Commission on Human Rights (CHR) yesterday reiterated the importance of accountability in addressing human rights issues in the country.
In a statement on Saturday, Lawyer Jacqueline Ann de Guia, CHR executive director, welcomed the recent pronouncement of President-elect Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to “ensure high-level of accountability” for human rights violations.
Marcos on Friday met with United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in the Philippines Gustavo Gonzalez and discussed the UN Human Rights Council resolution in 2020 that offered “technical assistance” to the Philippines to address human rights problems.
Gonzales said Marcos immediately raised the topic of human rights.
“It means the UN and the government need to work together in addressing some concerns on human rights, and he’s very much interested, for example, in ensuring a consultation for the nomination of the new Commission on Human Rights,” Gonzales said.
De Guia cited the UN Joint Program implements the Human Rights Council Resolution 45/33 adopted in October 2020 meant to carry out capacity-building and technical cooperation for the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.
“The Commission on Human Rights welcomes this statement from President-elect Marcos Jr. and looks forward to the support of the incoming administration to initiatives advancing the human rights cause in the country, including the UN Joint Program on Human Rights,” said de Guia.
“With the said expression of support, CHR hopes that respect and protection of human rights will be part of the main agenda of governance of the incoming administration; thereby, uplifting the lives of all Filipinos,” De Guia said. Philippine News Agency