IAG working with Freedom House, BHRC to build human rights capacity in BARMM
- IAG Philippines
COTABATO CITY – The Institute for Autonomy and Governance (IAG) has partnered with Freedom House and the newly-established Bangsamoro Human Rights Commission (BHRC) for institutional and personnel capacity-building, national and regional multi-stakeholder dialogue on the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 and human rights promotion and advocacy in the region.
IAG and BHRC will jointly provide capacity-building efforts for BHRC staff and personnel to help the agency fulfill its mandate and lay down effective mechanisms and structures for investigating and monitoring human rights incidents in counter-terrorism activity. The partnership will also involve capacitating BHRC’s network of partner civil society organizations in human rights monitoring, investigation assistance, documentation and reporting, education and promotion, among others.
This engagement and partnership will also link and help facilitate dialogue between BHRC and the National Human Rights Commission, the Anti-Terrorism Council and security agencies to foster agreements and understanding of human rights in counter-terrorism activities. Promotion of increased public awareness and discussions on the relationship between human rights and terrorism in the country and in the Bangsamoro will also form part of this project.
Last November 27, IAG and BHRC organized an orientation seminar on the ‘Anti-Terror Law and Human Rights in the Context of the Bangsamoro’ which was attended by BHRC staff and personnel at IAG Multiplatform Training Center in Cotabato City. Former Supreme Court of the Philippines Spokesperson and Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) lawyer Atty. Theodore Te and Former Chairperson of ARMM Regional Human Rights Commission and Bangsamoro Transition Authority (BTA) Minority Leader Atty. Laisa Alamia were the resource speakers during the orientation.
Due to travel restrictions brought by the pandemic, the activity, which was a combination of in-person and virtual participation, was attended by BHRC personnel from all over the major areas of the Bangsamoro. Some civil society organizations from BHRC’s network likewise attended the event since they are major stakeholders and partners of the Commission in human rights monitoring, documentation, investigation and reporting.