Financial aid to victims of human rights violations will enable them to seek justice, says CHR

Published August 22, 2020, 11:37 AM

by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has emphasized the importance of the government giving financial support to victims of human rights violations as this will enable them to seek justice.

“Ang pagbibigay ng financial assistance sa mga biktima ng human rights violation ay isang patunay na kinikilala ng pamahalaan ang paglabag sa karapatan ng isang indibidwal (Providing financial assistance to victims of human rights violations is proof that the government recognizes the violation of an individual’s rights),” the CHR shared on Facebook.

While the money will not compensate the victims for the offenses committed against them, this will at least help them file cases in court in order for them to attain justice.

Whenever there are acts of injustice committed against individuals, the CHR conducts its own investigation and its regional offices will make recommendations as to the financial assistance to be given to victims.

“Ang halagang ito, maliit man, ay para sa mga gastusing kaakibat ng pagpupursige ng kaso ng mga pamilya gaya ng pagproseso ng legal na dokumento, pamasahe, at iba pang mga kahingian (The amount, however small, is for the expenses associated with pursuing the case such as the processing of legal documents, transportation fees, and other requirements),” explained the Commission.

One such example is the financial aid given to over 2,000 families affected by internal displacement during the Zamboanga siege back in 2013.

The Zamboanga siege took place on September 9, 2013 between the forces of the Philippine government and a faction of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

Over 100,000 individuals were displaced because of this humanitarian crisis, which lasted for two weeks and six days.