Detained Sen. Leila de Lima needs a regulation institutionalizing human rights as a separate and specialised topic in elementary, highschool, and school ranges.
De Lima has filed Senate Bill No. 1497 mandating instructional establishments to show college students about fundamental human rights ideas, particularly the respect for human dignity and life of people.
“In a time when human rights are violated on a daily basis, it is but the State’s responsibility to protect every citizen against human rights abuse both by state and non-state actors,” De Lima mentioned.
De Lima, who served as Commission on Human Rights chairperson throughout the Arroyo administration, mentioned the implementation of an HRE (Human Rights Education) curriculum in schools is “important to enforce the Philippine government’s commitment to uphold the human rights treaties.”
“It is important to note that the Philippines was among the signatories to the World Programme for Human Rights Education of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, which is focused on integrating human rights education in the primary and secondary school systems,” she mentioned.
Under SB 1497, the human rights curriculum should deal with private values, attitudes and behaviors that promote private duty for respecting, upholding and defending human rights, amongst others.
It additionally mandates the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education to formulate their respective curricula and the course program for human rights research.
De Lima additionally filed SB 1230, also called the Commission on Human Rights Charter Act, which seeks to incorporate obligatory persevering with training on human rights for regulation enforcement, and safety personnel.