UN Rapporteur Agnes Callamard on CHR 1000 PESO BUDGET "UNFAIR RESULT"

The United Nations' Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard was disappointed with the results of the polls in the Chamber which resulted in the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) giving P1,000 funding for the next year.

“Part of the Duterte administration’s attempt to prevent independent institutions to check its abuses, particularly in the context of the brutal drug war that has claimed the lives of thousands, including dozens of children,” according to Human Rights Watch about the outgoing vote of 119-32 yesterday.

“Is looking for public money being wasted, damaging and hurting the Philippines, it was better off setting its sights on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, which he has admitted has failed to curtail addiction rates even as it has created a climate of fear and insecurity, feeding impunity, and undermining the constitutional fabrics of the country,” Callamard said.

“The people of the Philippines deserve a strong independent human rights institution able to monitor, investigate, and report on human rights violations, protect victims and their families, and hold the powerful to account for their abuses of international human rights standards,” she added.

Callamard added that CHR is unable to work or conduct a proper investigation of CHR on human rights violations if it is not properly funded. CHR plays a major role in this case.

“CHR is a crucial institution for the Philippines: for human rights protection, the rule of law, accountability… It cannot deliver on its mandate without an appropriate budget, particularly at a time when it is confronted with allegations of massive human rights violations throughout the country, and including, but not only, in the context of the ill-advised, destructive ‘war on drugs’,” 

Source :TV5