Posted on Apr 10, 2022

ICHRP Canada calls on the UNHRC to compel the Philippine government to implement recommendations aimed at addressing human rights violations

Press Release

8 April 2022

For Reference:
Patricia Lisson, Chairperson
Phone: (514) 241-9036
[email protected]

ICHRP Canada calls on the UNHRC to compel the Philippine government to implement recommendations aimed at addressing human rights violations

The Canadian chapter of a global network of organizations, concerned about the human rights situation in the Philippines, have called on the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to compel the government of the Philippines to implement recommendations aimed at addressing human rights violations.

In a submission to the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights, the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP)-Canada also called on states to recommend that the Philippines implement all the recommendations made during 3rd cycle of the UNHCR’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Philippine Government in 2017.

The ICHRP-Canada noted that the Philippine government has failed to implement recommendations by states it had accepted or noted.

It said human rights abuses related to the Philippine government’s “war on drugs” and against human rights defenders have persisted and even worsened.

“The prevailing climate of impunity is a major factor contributing to the continuing occurrence of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and other human rights abuses. The perpetrators of grave violation continue to evade prosecution and penalty due to lack of thorough, impartial, exhaustive police investigation, and the lengthy time to undertake trials. In many cases, the perpetrators are not identified, but even in cases where they were identified by those whose rights have been violated or others, they were not investigated or prosecuted,” it said.

The submission is in time for the 41st Session of the Working Group on the UPG of the Philippine Government in the UNHRC on October-November 2022.

The session will assess the Philippine government’s implementation of the recommendations it had committed to support during the 3rd cycle on the 27th of UPR in May 2017. ###

The UPR report can be viewed below: