Canada continues support for PHL human rights education

April 18, 2012 10:59 pm 

MANILA, April 18 — In a continuing effort to support the Philippine government’s human rights education, the embassy of Canada has organized a roundtable discussion for members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), and representatives from civil society and the Commission on Human Rights.

It partnered with Pinoy Equitas, a group of human rights workers and advocates who received training in Canada, said the embassy had been facilitating the roll-out of the annual National Human Rights Training Program for grassroots human rights leaders.

It also helps with the development of human rights training modules for members of the security sector, including the AFP and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

“The enhancement of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) culture in the military can be achieved through education and training, advocacy campaigns and engagement with stakeholders,” said Canada’s Ambassador Christopher Thornley.

“Through supporting events like the roundtable discussion we aim to assist in the compliance and awareness of IHL among military personnel.”

Human rights education for the uniformed services was recommended by Canada to the Philippines during the universal periodic review of the United Nations Human Rights Council in 2008.

“I am hopeful that we will be able to help improve not only the appreciation of human rights, but its application in day to day operations in the context of the military,” said Ambassador Thornley. "Canada will continue to make human rights protection and promotion a priority of our work in the Philippines.” (PNA)

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