Philippine Congress passes Human Rights Defenders Act of 2018

The Philippine Congress proposed a legislation that will protect the rights and fundamental freedoms of human rights defenders (HRDs). The bill was introduced "in light of the continuing intimidation, reprisal, harassment, and vilification of HRDs and the growing culture of impunity." Among other things, the Philippines’ human rights defenders proposed legislation requires government agencies to act on reports of human rights violation within three days. 

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18 December 2018

House panel approves Human Rights Defenders bill

Author: Llanesca Panti, GMA News

4 December 2018

The House Committee on Human Rights approved...the Human Rights Defenders bill, a measure which will require government agencies to act on reports of human rights violation within three days, among other protective clauses for rights workers.

...Commission on Human Rights chairperson Chito Gascon welcomed the passage of the bill, describing it as a groundbreaking step not only for the Philippines but in Asia.

Congress will...be...going into Christmas break, but Montalla is optimistic that the bill will gain enough support in time despite the tight schedule and President Rodrigo Duterte’s constant threats against human rights workers who criticize his administration’s war on drugs.

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18 December 2018

Human Rights Defenders Act of 2018

House version: House Bill No. 8128. Full text available here.

Senate version: Senate Bill No. 1699. Full text availalble here.