Rights group lauds Iceland’s resolution on PH rights situation

News Philippines Jul 12, 2019 at 3:55 pm

“It is a big step in stride with other parallel measures and contemporaneous efforts that merits the full support of an intergovernmental body that is mandated to ensure the promotion, protection and respect for human rights at the global level.”


MANILA – Human rights group Karapatan welcomes the draft resolution of Iceland asking member-states to look into the human rights situation in the Philippines.

The resolution of Iceland was tabled on July 4 by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) during its 41st session in Geneva, Switzerland. The UNHRC member-states will be voting on the said resolution on or before July 12.

“We welcome the proposed resolution by Iceland and urge other UN HRC member-states to vote for its adoption,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay, who is currently monitoring the HRC sessions in Geneva, Switzerland together with other representatives of cause-oriented groups in the Philippines.

The draft resolution reaffirms “the primary responsibility of States to respect, protect and fulfill all human rights and fundamental freedoms and to fulfill their obligations under human rights treaties and agreements to which they are parties.”

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