07 May 2011

Etta Rosales for CHR Chair


21 July 2010


I made this back when there were rumors circulating around that former Akbayan Representative Loretta Ann Rosales was going to be appointed as head of the Commission on Human Rights (CHR), replacing Leila de Lima, who is now Secretary of the Department of Justice. 

Upon hearing news about her appointment, Rosales said, "I will ensure that the Commission under my stewardship will not be beholden to any politician or any group but only to the universal principles of human rights. I will only be impartial to the respect and recognition of human dignity." (18 August 2010)


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"Human rights are rights that every human being has simply because she or he is a human being. Human rights are what make us human beings; without them, we are not different from other animals. Every human being has intrinsic worth, and every human person, is born with equal and inalienable rights. These rights are universal, meaning all human beings in the world have them regardless of sex, gender, skin color, race, nationality, social status, religion or political belief. These rights are also interdependent, interrelated and indivisible, meaning one human right is necessary for the fulfillment of all other human rights; consequently, the violation of one human right will necessarily violate all the other human rights. No one, neither state nor non-state actors may curtail these rights except only under a small number of clearly defined situations that are strictly applied."
- Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Etta Rosales (25 February 2011)


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