“Respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms remains to be the anchor point and foundation of a democratic society.”
This was stressed by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) as the country celebrates on Thursday, Feb. 25, the 35th anniversary of the EDSA people power revolution.
In a statement, the CHR said that human rights and fundamental freedoms “include the right of individuals to speak on matters of public concern without fear of harm, and the right to petition and assembly.”
The 1986 EDSA people power revolution ended years of Martial Law in the Philippines.
The CHR, an independent human rights institution, said:
“The historic event showed that peace and democratic values of freedom of assembly and expression reign free in a democratic society such as ours.
“It exemplified the true meaning of freedom and symbolizes the hard-fought democracy of people who fought for what was right.”