Sen. De Lima Asks Colleagues to Act on Pending Bill Upholding Global Human Rights Treaties

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Sen. De Lima Asks Colleagues to Act on Pending Bill Upholding Global Human Rights Treaties


By Hannah Torregoza

Opposition Senator Leila de Lima on Thursday called on the Senate leadership to immediately act on a pending measure upholding human rights bills that seek to reduce social, economic and political inequalities in the country.

De Lima said such moves can be the Senate's contribution to the global celebration of the 70th anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) throughout 2018.

"I urge my colleagues to take a serious look at these pending measures as our humble contribution to the global campaign of raising awareness about the importance of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 70 years ago," she said.

"The clamor for a human rights regime resonates not only in the Philippines but also elsewhere around the world where the principles of human rights are undermined, and the defenders of human rights are harassed and incarcerated," she added.

De Lima directed her call in particular, to Sen. Richard Gordon, chair of the Senate Committee on Justice and Human Rights, so that the country's human rights agenda would move forward.

She pointed out Gordon can start by scheduling a hearing on the legislative measures long pending before his committee.

"I call on Senator Gordon to take this special opportunity of pushing for important measures aimed at advancing the cause of human rights in the country. …

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