Stop discrimination vs. people of diverse genders – CHR

Published May 17, 2021, 2:51 PM

by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

Commission on Human Rights

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) urged Filipinos to put an end to discrimination against people of diverse genders.

In a statement, the CHR said there is a need for inclusivity and healing for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA+) community in observance of International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia today, May 17.

It said that theme for this year’s observance is “Together: Resisting, Supporting, Healing.”

In its post on Twitter, the CHR said that

Filipinos can start the healing by reviewing policies that have a negative impact on the rights of vulnerable sectors such as sexual and gender minorities, since they are often the targets of discrimination, stigmatization, and abuse.

In its position paper dated Oct. 19, 2020, the CHR gave its support to the passage of the proposed Comprehensive Anti-Discrimination Bill filed in the House of the Representatives of the 18th Congress.

The CHR explained that the implementation of a comprehensive anti-discrimination law will provide protection and promote the rights of people from the LGBTQIA+ community, as well as persons with disability (PWD), persons living with HIV, and people dealing with mental health issues, among many others.

Citing an example, the CHR said that in the workplace, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) should formulate rules and regulations that would reduce discrimination against those belonging to vulnerable groups.

On the part of the Department of Education (DepEd) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), the CHR recommended that they should ensure that all of their books, reference materials, and other learning resources that portray indigenous peoples or discuss religious practices is free from any discriminatory content.

In cases where acts of discrimination have already taken place, the CHR said that there should be “guarantees of non-repetition” and “public apologies.”

It expressed its full support to the enactment of a comprehensive anti-discrimination law that will give ‘flesh and teeth’ to the constitutional guarantee of equality and non-discrimination.