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APF calls for open, transparent appointment of new CHR leaders

Graphic: CHR head office, Quezon City

The Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHR) is a longstanding and valued member of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF). As a national human rights institution (NHRI) accredited with “A-status” by the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions (GANHRI), the CHR continues to share its exemplary body of work with other NHRIs in the Asia Pacific. 

Following his recent inauguration, the President of the Philippines, Ferdinand Marcos Jr, will oversee the appointment of a new leadership team for the CHR. This is an important responsibility, as an effective NHRI relies on a strong, dedicated and capable leadership to ensure it fulfils its mandate to protect and promote human rights.

The Paris Principles, the agreed universal standards for NHRIs endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly, set out the minimum requirements for the process of selection and appointment of the leadership of an NHRI. These include requirements that vacancies are advertised widely, that civil society organisations and other groups are consulted throughout the selection process, and that appointments are based on merit. 

GANHRI accreditation of A-status institutions takes place every five years, and the CHR will be reviewed again in 2023. The selection and appointment of the leadership of the NHRI is one of the most important issues of focus under the NHRI accreditation system, and we expect the upcoming appointments to the CHR to be an important part of its review.

In light of this, the APF urges that the new Marcos Jr administration ensure that the appointment process for CHR leadership complies with the minimum standards under the Paris Principles. Doing so would indicate a commitment by the government of the Philippines to the institutional protection and promotion of human rights for all Filipinos. 

Emeritus Professor Rosalind Croucher AM
Chairperson, Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions 

Date: 15 July 2022

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