JUSTICE Secretary Jesus Crispin C. Remulla is set to address the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) 52nd Regular Session in Geneva, Switzerland, on March 1, 2023.
Remulla will lead a delegation composed of officials from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Permanent Mission of the Philippines in Geneva.
He will update the HRC and other partners on the progress of the government’s justice sector reforms as part of the larger human rights and development agenda under the Marcos administration.
Today, February 28, Remulla joined a panel discussion on prison and justice sector reforms and human rights hosted by the Permanent Missions to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, Philippines, Norway, and Thailand.
During the High-Level Segment of the 52nd Regular Session of the HRC on March 1, Remulla will stress the importance of upholding sovereignty and harnessing international solidarity in the promotion of human rights.
Remulla is expected to meet with several officials on March 1, including HRC President Vaclav Balek, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Turk, Australian Assistant Foreign Minister Tim Watts, and UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28) Director General Majid Al Suwaldi.
In 2022, Remulla represented the Philippine government during the Universal Periodic Review’s (UPR) 4th Cycle. The UPR is a peer-review mechanism of the UNHRC where the human rights records of all countries are reviewed on a regular basis.
This was the fourth time that the Philippines participated in the UPR, with previous reviews in 2008, 2012, and 2017.
Last December, Remulla guaranteed during the 51st United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) Enhanced Interactive Dialogue in Geneva that the Philippine government was committed to reforming its judicial and law enforcement systems to deliver “real justice in real-time.”