The human rights promotion and protection role
of the CSOs is reinforced through strategic litigation, monitoring of human rights violations,
and support to victims
Understanding Martial Law, Youth camp for Southern Luzon spearheaded by Center for Youth Advocacy and Networking, Inc.
With support from the GOJUST Human Rights Project, CHR reinforces and expands the role of civil society organizations (CSOs) in promoting and protecting human rights. The CHR works with women’s groups and faith-based groups, business groups and youth groups, and artists and journalists. These groups rally behind human rights campaigning, documentation of critical human rights violations, and support for victims of HRVs. Under this Outcome, the following are the main streams of work: (1) social mobilization and alliance building; (2) documenting and compiling a database of critical human rights violations; and (3) establishing a localized systems of victim support and referral.
The Project supports work with young people, who will be the country’s next generation of leaders. Youth camps, artists’ workshops, festivals, and summits are some of the activities funded by the Project.
The establishment of human rights desks in dioceses and faith-based organizations is one of the key activities funded by the Project. These desks can be accessed by victims of HRVs.
Through partnerships with organizations of photographers and journalists, the Project funds trainings on photo journalism, report writing, and documentation of events from the lens of human rights. The Project aims to document at least 100 cases of HRVs in select communities in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
Fostering victim-centered remedies to HRVs through victim support and referral hubs is a critical pillar of Outcome 3. Nine CSOs have been engaged to develop hubs to provide human rights services to victims of human rights violations in the following thematic areas: (1) Shelter and Care Centers; (2) Welfare and Livelihood; (3) Women’s Empowerment; (4) Psycho-Social Support; (5) Health and Wellness; and (6) and Legal Assistance. A thematic hub is being established in at least one city/municipality of Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, creating18 hubs. These hubs will support the Victim Support and Referral Mechanism that will be established to facilitate the process of obtaining remedies to victims of human rights violations.
The CSO partner engaged to map out human rights services has produced a database that includes 382 service providers, spread over 1,631 locations, including key cities in Metro Manila, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao. A study on best practices in victim support and referral was likewise drafted, including initial protocols and guidelines for adoption. Further, partner CSOs, including members of the victim support hub, have provided support to victims.
Finally, the Project is supporting the CHR in reinforcing the promotion and protection role of CSOs at the local levels. It has assisted in the establishment of a CHR-CSO platform for coordination and collaboration, and promoted partnerships initiated by CHR regional offices by funding activities of selected regional offices. Further, community volunteers and local organisations were included in training supported by the Project, which is expected to improve capacity to do human rights work at the local levels.
Areas with victim support and referral hubs in the country