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Saturday, June 10, 2017

CHR Chair Gascon under fire for keeping mum on terrorist attacks


Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Chair Jose Luis Martin Gascon had long criticized President Rodrigo Duterte for alleged human rights abuses after the latter’s anti-drug war was linked to over 7,000 deaths and other abuses.

But netizen Denn Amacio Meneses questions why Gascon has kept mum on the terrorist attack on Marawi City which claimed many lives and resulted to grave human rights abuses.

Meneses pointed out the CHR was established in 1987 with the duty to "investigate, on its own or on complaint by any party, ALL FORMS of human rights violations involving civil and political rights."

Thus, Meneses casted doubt on the seemingly one-sided effort of the CHR to probe human rights abuses on the Duterte administration, but not on the Maute siege.

The netizen asserts that it is a form of “discrimination” on the part of the CHR which is an abuse under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

In his full post on Facebook, Meneses said,

"The Commission on Human Rights has been actively, even aggressively, criticizing President Duterte from Day One but is noticeably silent on atrocities being committed by criminal elements and terrorist groups, even going as far as defending their so-called rights while ignoring their crimes and the victims of such crimes.

Let's see. The CHR was created in 1987 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."

Nowhere is it specifically stated, Mr Gascon, that the Commission is tasked to investigate human rights abuses committed ONLY by the government, i.e. police, military. "Investigate, on its own or on complaint by any party, ALL FORMS of human rights violations involving civil and political rights."

So why being selective, CHR? EVERYONE has the right to life, as contained in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. And if you are taking sides, you yourselves are committing an ABUSE, which is DISCRIMINATION."




Source: Denn Amacio Meneses


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