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R E S O L U T I O N
CHR (IV) A2010-064

WHEREAS, the right to life, personal security, personal integrity, and private property are guaranteed under various international human rights instruments, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR);

WHEREAS , the entitlement of everyone to all the rights and freedoms recognized in the UDHR without distinction of any kind, including on the grounds of race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status was emphasized in the United Nations Commission on Human Rights Resolution 2003/68 on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism;

WHEREAS, paragraph 17 of S ection 1 of the Vienn a Declaration and Programme of A ction, adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights on June 25, 1993, states that “acts, methods and practices of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations are activities aimed at the destruction of human rights, fundamental freedoms and democracy, threatening territorial integrity, security of States and destabilizing legitimately constituted Governments xxx ; ”

WHEREAS, the unequivocal condemnation of all acts, methods and practices of terrorism, in all their for ms and manifestations, wherever , whenever and by whomsoever committed regardless of their motivation , as acts aimed at the destruction of human rights, fundamental freedoms and democracy, threatening the territorial integrity and security of the States, destabilizing legitimately constituted Governments, undermi ni ng pluralistic ci vil society and the rule of law, and having adverse consequences on the economic and social development of the State was reiterated in the United Nations Commission on Human Rights Resolution 2003/37 on Human Rights and Terrorism;

WHEREAS , per news account, in the morning of April 13, 2010 in Isabela City , Basilan Province , armed men detonated bombs, then fired on fleeing civilians. The first bomb went off at around 10:30 a.m. at the grandstand of a stadium in Barangay Sampurna outside the Department of Education building. The second bomb, rigged to a motorcycle parked near the Sta. Isabel Cathedral, went off minutes later. Another bomb was recovered in front of Judge Principe's house at Sunrise Village near the city hall but was immediately detonated by the police “Explos ive Ordinance Disposal” elements . The blasts and the ensuing gun battle between government forces and the suspects resulted in the death of 15 people and wounded 13 civilians ( The Philippine Star , April 14, 2010);

WHEREAS, the indiscriminate killings and wounding of innocent civilians by the said non-state armed group are acts clearly aimed at the destruction of human rights, fundamental freedoms and democracy, threatening territorial integrity, security of States and destabilizing legitimately constituted governments. Verily, there is no cause, purpose or belief that would justify these condemnable acts;

NOW, THEREFORE, the Commission RESOLVES to CONDEMN , in the strongest terms possible , these atrocities and violations of human rights;

RESOLVES FURTHER to remind everyone of their duty to respect human rights and be vigilant, as well, of any attempts for violations thereof; and to call on Government forces and other state actors that, in taking measures to restore peace and order in Basilan, only those in accordance with human rights laws and humanitarian laws should be adopted.

SO RESOLVED.

Done this 15th day of April 2010 at Quezon City, Philippines.

 

LEILA M. DE LIMA
Chairperson

 



CECILIA RACHEL V. QUISUMBING
Commissioner

MA. VICTORIA V. CARDONA
Commissioner


NORBERTO DELA CRUZ
Commissioner

JOSE MANUEL S. MAMAUAG
Commissioner

 

ATTESTED BY:

MARIA ASUNCION I. MARIANO-MARAVILLA
Commission Secretary