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Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights)




**Date Established: *1991


Short Historical Background


PhilRights is the research and information center of the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA), one of the biggest human rights coalitions in the country. Established in 1991, PhilRights seeks to meet and service the research and information needs of PAHRA member organizations and the general public.




PhilRights aims


To deepen awareness, knowledge and understanding of PAHRA member organizations and the general public about human rights conditions, issues and mechanisms


To work for a dynamic human rights movement that is able to mobilize sectors and groups for timely and effective intervention in the promotion and defense of human rights by making available human rights information and tools in information handling and dissemination


To help ensure state compliance with its human rights obligations through active monitoring and engagement


To strengthen cooperation and partnership with local and international networks in the conduct of human rights activities through lively exchange and sharing of information


To enhance the capability of human rights organizations in the promotion and defense of human rights through education and training on research, advocacy and information handling and dissemination.



1. Human Rights Research Program – this program intends to develop an institutional research agenda responsive to the needs/concerns of the human rights community/movement; respond to the research needs/concerns of PAHRA and its member organizations; conduct in-depth studies on burning human rights issues. The studies included in the institution's research program are aimed at expanding and deepening understanding of human rights, mainstreaming of the rights-based approach to development, and promoting a human rights culture. The program includes a database, produces situationers and occasional papers and engages in major research projects.

2. Human Rights Education and Training Program – this program is directed at raising understanding on human rights concepts, principles and approaches; expanding people's understanding and appreciation of various human rights issues/concerns; sharpening the analysis on human rights issues/problems, of PAHRA member organizations, grassroots' communities, schools and basic sectors. It includes ,module development, trainings, Basic Human Rights Orientation, Monitoring and Documentation training, Human Rights and Peace Integration in Education, CRC and CRP training, and Internship.

3. Human Rights Information Program – this program focuses on the popularization and dissemination of human rights and its approaches. It includes the following:

•Online resource center – human rights data/statistics, materials, situationers, analyses,

•Library – human rights materials, documents, books, publications, photos, video documentaries, modules on various human rights issues/concerns

•Regular Publications – Human Rights Forum (HRF), In Focus, special monographs

•IEC Materials – posters, primers, stickers, comics, video documentaries etc.

•Information dissemination – forums, workshops, dialogues, conferences, etc.


4. Human Rights Monitoring and Documentation Program – this program aims at scrutinizing and documenting compliance of the major branches of government (i.e. executive, legislative, judiciary) with its human rights obligations, including the State's submission of timely reports to treaty monitoring bodies.





1. Human rights research


PhilRights undertakes research on the following issues:

• Mining situation in the Philippines

• Death penalty and women

• Moro and Indigenous Peoples

• Child soldiers

• Economic, social and cultural rights indicators

• Legislature and human rights.


2. Human rights education & training


PhilRights undertakes the following activities:

• Basic Human Rights Orientation

• Human Rights and Mining

• Rights-Based Approach (RBA) & Mining

• Human Rights Monitoring and Documentation

• CRC and Child Rights' Programming


3. Human rights publication


Special Concerns




Human Rights Forum (HRF) - a quarterly magazine

In Focus: A Semestral Human Rights Situationer - a human rights situationer report released every six months and covers important developments in civil and political rights, economic social and cultural rights, specifically the rights to work, food, education, health and housing.

The Situation of Women on Death Row in the Philippines (2006)

Elements of Restorative Justice Among the Moro and Indigenous Peoples' Justice System (2006)

The Phenomenon of Child Soldiers in the Philippines (2005)

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Indicators from a Grassroots View (2004)

Monitoring Economic, Social & Cultural Rights: The Philippine Experience (1997)

Inside the Chambers: The Performance of the Ninth Congress on Human Rights (1996)


Video documentaries produced:


1) The Killing of Juan dela Cruz (The Death Penalty in the Philippines), 2005

2) Moving Mountains (Mining in the Philippines), 2004

3) Bangsamoro: Isang Sulyap sa Kanilang Pakikibaka - a video documentary on the continuing struggle of the Bangsamoro people in the Southern Philippines towards self-determination

4) The Headhunters' Shadow - a video about the Casecnan Dam project in Nueva Vizcaya and its effects on the Bugkalot people



Other Information




Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PhilRights)

53 - B Maliksi Street, Brgy. Pinyahan, Quezon City

Metro Manila, Philippines 1100

ph (632) 4365686

ph/fax: (632) 4331714

e-mail: philrights@philrights.org; prights@tri-isys.com

Website: www.philrights.org

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