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Saturday, July 22, 2017

CHR does nothing more than just “naming and shaming” people


The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is assigned the task of ensuring and pursuing human rights in the Philippines and guard against possible government abuses,  however it seems to have failed to concretely accomplish this task and resort to mere blame games.

These were the sentiments of DLSU professor Van Ybiernas as he explained how the CHR may even be entirely impractical if the justice system was functioning properly.

But Ybiernas rephrases his statement and pointed out that with the current CHR, it still is impractical even when the justice system in the Philippines fails because it does not carry out legal or solid action.

He even further explains the scope of CHR’s responsibility such that if a person of the government abuses as an individual and not as a representative of the government, it would not be the CHR’s task to meddle.

Additionally, the CHR is brought about by public distrust of the government, but if there is public trust in the administration, then the CHR needs not to function for that purpose.

In his full post on Facebook, Ybiernas said,

"Ang Commission on Human Rights ay nariyan upang bantayan ang pamahalaan sa pang-aabusong maari nitong gawin.

Kung taong gobyerno ang nang-aabuso, pero nang-aabuso siya bilang indibidwal hindi bilang kinatawan ng pamahalaan na binigyan ng pamahalaan ng kapangyarihang umabuso, hindi po sakop ng CHR yun
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Samakatuwid, ang CHR ay produkto ng kawalan ng tiwala sa sariling pamahalaan. Kung ang mamamayan ay may tiwala sa pamahalaan at kung ang mga instrumento ng hustisya ay gumagana, walang silbi ang CHR.

Kunsabagay, kahit hindi gumagana ang sistema ng hustisya, WALA TALAGA SILBI ANG CHR.

Ang galawang CHR ay ang sinasabi nilang naming and shaming lamang. Kasi, hindi ko alam ---at maari akong magkamali dito--- kung may kinasuhan na ba ang CHR kaugnay ng human rights violations. Ibig sabihin, bukod sa naming and shaming campaign, ano ang nagawa ng CHR?

Samakatuwid, kung naming and shaming lang ang gagawin nila, pwede na sigurong buwagin na ang CHR at ipasa na sa pribadong sektor ang gawaing ito."



Source: Facebook / Van Ybiernas


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