Human Rights Annex to the Comprehensive Policy Document

The Roxas-Robredo 5-Point Agenda on Human Rights

[5/2/2016 UPDATE: This document is now part of “Strategies to Address Prevailing National Concerns“, Annex I]

One of the cornerstones of our platform is to restore and protect the dignity in being Filipino. This entails the respect and protection of the inalienable rights every human being has, regardless of age, sex, religion, class, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity, at every stage and in every condition. Towards this end, we will:

I.

Work for the full realization of every Filipino’s right to a dignified life by ensuring that they enjoy freedom from hunger, freedom from fear, and freedom to dream through the prioritization of the most impactful policy areas as well as clear programs and initiatives that have immediate, near-term, and long-term benefits for Filipino families.

II.

Fully enforce measures and secure the passage of necessary legislations to advance and guarantee the protection of human rights. In particular, we will assure strict and full implementation of the following—

(i) Anti-Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance Act,

(ii) Expanded Anti-TIP Act,

(iii) Human Rights Victims Reparation and Recognition Act, and

(iv) Reproductive Health Law;

as well as enact

(i) a comprehensive anti-discrimination law, and

(ii) the Positive Discipline and Anti-Corporal Punishment bill to protect the rights of our children against violence.

III.

Guarantee swift delivery of justice by ensuring that all pillars of the justice system performs and delivers effectively — this includes, but not limited to

(i) strengthening the institutions and organizations that provide care and assistance to the victims or offended party;

(ii) modernizing law enforcement agencies and improving prosecution services;

(iii) continuing reforms in the justice sector, for instance the institutionalized Justice Sector Coordinating Council (JSCC) as well as programs like the Justice Zone and Hustisyeah; and

(iv) enhancing correctional and rehabilitation facilities and programs.

In line with justice delivery, we will pursue the immediate resolution of justice-related cases such as the 2015 Mamasapano incident, the 2010 Maguindanao massacre, lumad killings, and extra-judicial killings.

IV.

Further raise people’s participation and involvement in reporting HR violations and in monitoring the implementation of HR measures and programs like the comprehensive human rights education through enhancing the capacity of Barangay Human Rights Action Centers (BHRAC).

V.

Strengthen the Commission on Human Rights and government agencies that directly affect vulnerable sectors—women, youth, children, persons with disabilities (PWDs), indigenous peoples (IPs), senior citizens, LGBT, workers, farmers and fisher folks. This is crucial in sustaining a rights-based approach to governance to ensure inclusive development.