Episode 47: Human Rights Issues for the Next Administration

Episode #047
(32:45 min 29.9MB)
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Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Leila de Lima analyses the country’s human rights situation. She discusses this as a reminder that the platforms of candidates for national elections must center on what does not change: freedom. Freedom is about the protection of human rights. While there is no country that protects all human rights, there are some that are closer than others. Unfortunately, the Philippines is not one of those nations. She therefore proposes two areas where a solution from the next administration is needed.

The first is the problem of the slow process of justice. There are not enough prosecutions. Powerful individuals are rarely indicted. She explains that the core of enforcing human rights is prosecutions that lead to convictions. Without this, all efforts to protect human rights will be incomplete.

The second area that the next set of elected officials should also look into is putting an end to extrajudicial and vigilante-style killings. There is no justice in murder. She stresses that the police and the military should be the first to come to the defense of human rights.

The music is provided by Dieter Bachmann and Dan-O. The audio is courtesy of ABS-CBN.

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