The Philippines has entered into a three-year agreement with the United Nations to protect and promote human rights in the country through institutional programs in major state agencies.
Gustavo Gonzalez, United Nations Resident Coordinator, called the joint program a “crucial step” as it was the first “country-level” cooperation on human rights between the Philippines and the United Nations.
The project, which will be funded by an Australian donation of 12.9 million pesos, was signed on Thursday by Gonzalez, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra and Foreign Minister Teodoro Locsin Jr.
The signing of the deal comes a month after an International Criminal Court prosecutor asked the tribunal to formally open an investigation into allegations President Duterte committed crimes against humanity by continuing his deadly war against drugs. all the work of the UN, ”Gonzalez said in a statement.
“This is the first-ever joint United Nations human rights program in the Philippines where we bring together United Nations capacities and resources in support of a wide range of national institutions,” a- he declared.
The project, the UN official added, was also a demonstration of “the commitment that we will continue to take action for human rights, in ways that have impact and where it is most needed. “.
Guevarra said the deal signified the government’s sincerity to “imbue its law enforcement and investigative operations with a human rights dimension in a non-political framework.”
Locsin, on the other hand, said the project “embodies partnership, confidence building and constructive engagement between the Philippines and the UN on the promotion and protection of human rights.”
“I commend all government agencies and United Nations bodies involved for the tireless work in developing this program,” Locsin said.
The agreement was signed in accordance with United Nations Human Rights Council resolution 45/33, which was adopted on October 7, 2020, to promote capacity building and technical cooperation in the protection of human rights. man in the Philippines.
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