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Look: BIG Victory Phil Wins Recognition for Human Rights Record

The Philippines scored a major victory in Geneva today when the United Nations Human Rights Council overwhelmingly embraced Manila's human rights report card.

Remote Affairs Secretary Alan Peter S. Cayetano promptly respected the last selection of the Third Philippine Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report by the 47-member body, saying it affirms Manila's sense of duty regarding its human rights commitments.

"The final adoption of our UPR Report during the 36th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva demonstrates that the Philippines has nothing to hide with its human rights record," Secretary Cayetano said in a statement from New York where he is attending the 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly.

The UPR of the UN Human Rights Council is the world's principal peer review mechanism where member-states come together to discuss their human rights policies and plans and exchange views on how to improve human rights through international cooperation.

The process is transparent and member-states interact as sovereign equals. "The Philippines will remain resolute in its respect for and protection of human rights as it strives to improve the lives and welfare of each and every Filipino by protecting them from the scourges of drugs and criminality," Secretary Cayetano.

"The Philippines remains fully committed to meeting its human rights obligations in compliance with the Constitution and international human rights obligations," he said.



"The dignity of the Filipino people is uppermost among our priority concerns," Secretary Cayetano said as he expressed his appreciation to the other members of the government UPR team, particularly Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Undersecretary Severo Catura of the Presidential Commission on Human Rights.

The adoption is basically that part of the UPR process where member-states confirm which recommendations to accept from those made when then Senator Cayetano presented the Philippine UPR report before the Council in Geneva in May.

The Philippine Mission to the United Nations in Geneva said the report was warmly welcomed by other ASEAN member-states Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar and Thailand, which all commended the country's human rights achievements.



The Philippine Mission said to the 2017 report is the third to be adopted by the council, which also adopted the Philippine UPR reports in 2008 and 2012.

"This shows the full engagement of the Philippines with the UN Human Rights Council as the most important international human rights machinery," Ambassador Evan Garcia, Philippine Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva.

"We must recognize the wise leadership of Secretary Cayetano in showing our human rights commitments and achievements to the world.

This is the course we will maintain," said Ambassador Garcia. Ambassador Garcia pointed out that after a careful review and inclusive consultation with inputs from various stakeholders, especially from representatives from the State’s executive, legislative, and judicial departments was done, the Philippines committed to fully accept 103 out of the 257 recommendations it received.



“The accepted recommendations mirrored the recommending States’ understanding of the current human rights situation in the Philippines, recognized and respected the State as currently implementing or having implemented them, and were supportive of the Philippines’ pursuit of human rights aimed at uplifting human dignity,” said Ambassador Garcia.

The Philippines fully accepted recommendations that pertained to the sustainable protection of family and society in general, such as the preservation of the sanctity of family life, effective advocacy of economic and social rights through development, mitigation of the adverse effects of climate change, eradication of poverty, and improvements to access to health care and public education.

The Philippines also accepted those recommendations aimed at enhancing the current capacities of the country to protect the right to life, liberty, and property through the rule of law and accessibility of victims to justice in pursuit of anti-abortion initiatives, eradication of all forms of slavery, counter-terrorism efforts, and the anti-illegal drugs campaign.


The rest of the recommendations that were fully accepted were those that would reinforce worldwide participation with human rights components for the assurance of the most defenseless divisions in Philippine society and the detailing of the national human rights activity design.

Ambassador Garcia clarified that the Philippines could just note the other 154 proposals in light of the fact that the nation can't ensure or submit as of now to their realization given that the consequences of procedures required to actualize them are past the sole control of any of the branches of the administration.

“This is specifically true for recommendations that pertain to legislative action, which would require consultative processes with stakeholders”, he said.

Ambassador Garcia said the appropriation was the consequence of the endeavors of then Senator Cayetano and Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevara to plainly and exhaustively disclose to the gathering Philippine approaches and works on, incorporating those regarding the crusade against unlawful medications.

Forty-two (42) States are evaluated every year amid three Working Group sessions committed to 14 States each.

The third cycle of the UPR will cover all UN Member States and keep running until 2021. The Philippines was one of the initial 47 individuals from the then recently made HRC in 2006. The Philippines is as of now serving its fourth term as a part in the Human Rights Council.

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