By Czarina Nicole Ong Ki
The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) Gender Equality and Women’s Human Rights Center (GEWHRC) is calling for the release of the individuals who were arrested while taking part in the Pride Protest in Mendiola.
The GEWHRC has expressed unity with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and intersex (LGBTQI+) community as they took part in the Pride Protest in the early morning of June 26.
The issues faced by the LGBTQI community are no different than other pressing issues faced by Filipinos today such as the Anti-Terrorism Act and the poverty caused by the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) health crisis, according to the CHR.
The CHR is calling for the immediate release of those who were arrested so that they could exercise their freedom of expression and file a complaint with the government.
The police said that the protesters were arrested because they did not have a rally permit and they were also violating general community quarantine (GCQ) guidelines.
The CHR-National Capital Region immediately sent a Quick Response Team to investigate and document the dispersal and arrests. “We will continue to be vigilant and continue to uphold our human rights,” the GEWHRC said in a statement.