Duterte admin implements a ‘systematic’ attack against rights defenders - CHR

Duterte admin implements a ‘systematic’ attack against rights defenders - CHR

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has just released a report a fact-finding inquiry, it enumerated the systematic attacks made allegedly being done by the Duterte administration against rights defenders of the country.
“The Commission finds that there is a systematic attack against HRDs across all sectors of civil society,” the 104-page report states.

The CHR explains in the report that such attacks are characterized by a pattern of “abhorrent acts, practices, and omissions” put the life of human rights defenders in danger.
Commission on Human Rights (CHR)
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It also says there is a prevailing climate of impunity in the country against human rights activists is because of the different pronouncements made by President Rodrigo Duterte, creating a “dangerous fiction that it is legitimate to hunt down and commit atrocities against HRDs.”
“The prevailing climate of impunity in the context of violence against HRDs is largely attributable to the pronouncements of the president,” the report read.
Distortion of the concept of human rights, public vilification, red-tagging, and profiling and surveillance, based from the report are some of the alleged abuses and violations being done by the Duterte administration.

“These acts largely remain unabated and HRDs are oftentimes left without any remedy to protect themselves,” according to the CHR.
The fact-finding inquiry started last September 2019 as letters were received from individuals and from different organizations containing allegations of human rights violations attributed to state officials, CHR noted.
The report pointed out that the inquiry was designed to “determine the veracity of the contentions against State organs” regarding the alleged violations.

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