Locsin slams West on Human Rights Awareness Week – Manila bulletin


Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has criticized the West for its alleged “monopoly” on good governance, saying the Philippines recognizes that while there are many ways to govern countries, a sure way to deal people is to show decency.

Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. (Foreign Ministry screenshot | YouTube)

Locsin made the statement expressing his support for National Human Rights Awareness Week (NHRCW) from December 4-10, 2021.

In his video post, Locsin said the Philippines realizes that there are many ways to govern countries.

“The West does not have a monopoly on good governance, but there is only one way to treat people and that is with decency and the utmost respect for their safety and well-being in all circumstances, “he said.

Despite this, he said the country is proud of the Joint United Nations (UN) Program: Technical Cooperation and Capacity Building for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Philippines which was launched in July this year. .

“We are proud of the United Nations Joint Program, an innovative model of in-country assistance to uphold human rights by working with key stakeholders,” he said.

Meanwhile, Locsin said he was honored to join human rights defenders in commemorating National Human Rights Awareness Week.

According to Locsin, he played a role in the defense and victory of human rights in the country against its systematic violation by “on its systematic violation by overthrowing an army-backed dictatorship, early elections, peaceful protests. for popular power and a military rupture led by a friend of my youth, Colonel Gregorio Honasan with the movement to reform the armed forces on the model of the carnation revolution carried out with tanks.

He stressed that in the new realism, the violation of human rights is useless, but ends up frustrating the cruelest ambition of total power.

“There is never any need, there is never any gain to be gained by being savage and cruel even to your enemies and that does not intimidate the public into cowardly obedience,” Locsin said.

This year’s NHRCW theme is “Equality – Reducing Inequalities, Advancing Human Rights. Pagkapantay-pantay: Isulong of Karapatang Pantao on Panahon ng Pandemya.

The celebration will culminate on December 10, the anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is celebrated as International Human Rights Day.

In a tweet, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippines “reaffirms its commitment, as a founding signatory of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to the promotion and fulfillment of human rights. man and fundamental freedoms for all ”.




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