Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines holds preliminary meeting regarding possible contributions of carbon majors to climate change
"CHR holds conference with the parties," 12 December 2017
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) called on the petitioners and respondents for a conference on Monday, December 11, for its ongoing landmark national inquiry meant to examine the possible contribution of carbon majors on climate change and its effects on the human rights of the Filipinos...The petition, supported mostly by farmers, human rights groups, and concerned citizens, was filed after a spate of natural disasters such as Super Typhoon Yolanda, internationally known as Typhoon Haiyan, visited the Philippines.
The conference officially set the groundwork for the first formal inquiry hearing to be conducted at the end of the first quarter of next year, 2018. “The Commission accepted the petition, in accordance with our general mandate to uphold the human rights of all Filipinos and, towards this end, to investigate and monitor all matters concerning the human rights of the Filipino people,” Commissioner Cadiz explained.
Prior to the parties’ conference, the Commission has already conducted fact-finding missions in Tacloban City, Leyte and Libon, Albay. The Commission shall conduct more of these fact-finding missions and community dialogues until the first half of 2018.