Detained senator seeks mandatory human rights education for teachers, PNP, AFP personnel

© Provided by GMA News Online Detained Senator Leila de Lima is placed under heavy security as she arrives at the Quezon City Regional Trial Court to attend a hearing on her drug-related case on Friday, May 19, 2017. GMA News
Detained Senator Leila de Lima has filed a bill seeking mandatory human rights training for members of the the military and the police and public school teachers.
Senate Bill 1230 pushes for a Mandatory and Continuing Human Rights Education Program for the military, police, other law enforcement agencies, and public school teachers to "enhance respect for the primacy of human rights."
Under the bill, the Commission on Human Rights will draft the program, training course and training providers, and issue certificates of completion for those who finished the program.
De Lima, who is detained at Camp Crame on drug charges, said SB1230 was filed to improve understanding of the CHR's function "as the highest government machinery in the promotion and protection of human rights."
“CHR is a partner of security forces in human rights education, the legislative department in rights-based approach to law-making, the judiciary in evolving breaches of human security through enforced disappearance, and intermediary between government and civil society,” De Lima said.
Apart from training, the bill also seeks to install human rights attachés in select Philippine embassies and consulates to aid overseas Filipino workers and grant of power to issue legal protective measures without waiting for the court.
It also aims to institutionalize a witness protection program, a witness auxiliary protection service, and establish Human Rights Protection Offices in 18 regions and provinces.
The bill also seeks to help the CHR perform its Gender and Child Ombud roles to safeguard the rights of children and women and give it fiscal autonomy to allow it to operate independently of the Executive Branch.
“To empower the CHR as an institution through a Charter will therefore not only reinforce the recommendations and recognition of its contribution to safeguard fundamental rights and freedoms, but will serve the higher purpose of institutionalization of treaty commitments by the Philippine government,” De Lima said.
Source: GMA

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