Act To Promote and Protect the Rights of Human Rights Defenders

Senate of the Philippines

Senate Bill 1699 (18-02-2021)

Explanatory note (extracts)

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This proposed legislation, which underwent a process of consultation with stakeholders and human rights defenders who are themselves experts on the subject matter, aims to institutionalize and enforce state obligations to provide protection to HRDs, and to establish effective legal remedies for violations of the rights of HRDs.

Guided as well by the United Nations Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Orpons of Society to Promote ond Protect Uniiiersally Recognized Human Rights and fundamental Freedoms, otherwise known as the “Declaration for Human Rights Defenders,”* and the Model Nntionol Lout on the Recognition and Protection of Human Rights Defenders, ® this version seeks to ascertain that the dynamic community of human rights workers in the Philippines remains free and government policies will both support their work and ensure accountability for violations of their rights and freedoms.

Senator. Leilam De Lima

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