The Human Rights Situation in the Philippines


Ever since president Duterte came into power in 2016, the human rights situation in the Philippines has worsened rapidly, with journalists and human rights defenders risking incarceration and death. Finally, the president’s murderous “war on drugs”, and the wave of extrajudicial killings, have culminated in the withdrawal from the International Criminal Court, after it sought to investigate the issue.

Hon. Karen Lucia S. Gomez-Dumpit, first director of the Commission on Human Rights’ Child Rights Center and human rights activist, will visit Brussels to exchange with European Counterparts on Human Rights issues and the role of National Human Rights Institutions. She has played a major role in the Commission’s engagement with the UN Human Rights Council and Treaty Bodies, as well as the passage of the Juvenile Justice Welfare Act.

This debate will give the audience the opportunity to gain exclusive insight into the current human rights situation in the Philippines. Special focus will lay herein on death penalty, the role of ASEAN and the EU, and EU-Philippine relations.


Tuesday, 25 June 2019
Registration & Light Lunch: 12:00h
Event: 12:30 – 14:00h


Venue: Friedrich Naumann Foundation, Avenue de Cortenbergh 71, 1000 Brussels


Kindly register for this event by 23 June at *



Thomas Ilka
Director European Dialogue, Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom



Hon. Karen Lucia S. Gomez-Dumpit
Commissioner, Commission on Human Rights (CHR), Philippines

David Daly
Head of Division, South-East Asia, European External Action Service



Arianna Faraco
Policy Officer, Independent Diplomat


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