Sunday, July 19, 2020

Dissecting the Commission on Human Rights (CHR)

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Natatawa ako noon kapag nakakabasa ako ng reaction sa supposedly EJK disguised as War on Drugs. Bakit daw yung CHR, nakikialam lang kapag may pinatay at inabuso ang mga pulis na mahihirap na adik o rapists, pero kapag may na rape o napatay yung adik, tahimik at hindi daw kumikilos ang CHR.

Correct me if I'm wrong, is this because the CHR is mainly for the protection against human rights violations perpetrated by those in power like the government police and military, while murders, rapes, and other crimes of individuals to others are assigned to the police?

Kung baga, the CHR is the one that watches the watchers, with the exception of government officials. Wala tayong magawa against the top officials who seemingly have immunity against persecution of the law. Mistulang VIP sila na pinagsisilbihan at kinakakatakutan kahit they should practice being "public servants".

Mga bantay salakay ang karamihan sa mga pulis. Kung sino pa yung inatasang protektahan ang mga tao, sila pa yung mga pasimuno sa mga kabalastugan at kadalasan ay protektor pa ng mga sindikato, drug lords at private army pa ng mayayamang negosyante.

"The Commission was created as an independent office mandated to investigate complaints of human rights violations, promote the protection of, respect for and the enhancements of the people's human rights including civil and political rights.

These rights include the right to life and liberty, personal security, freedom from torture, freedom from discrimination and freedom from arbitrary arrest, among others.

These basic rights are based on shared values like dignity, fairness, equality, respect and independence. These values are defined and protected by law."

So malawak ang tungkulin kung babasahin at iintindihin, but could they do so much with so many breathing behind their necks?

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