By Hannah Torregoza
Senator Leila de Lima vowed to raise the country’s concerns over human rights violations and summary killings at the five-day Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin, Germany.
De Lima, a staunch human rights advocate, is set to speak at the said conference from December 14 to 19.
De Lima said she is ready to share with conference delegates the country’s experience in addressing human rights violations amid the spate of extrajudicial killings in the government’s war on drugs.
“The conference is a perfect opportunity to bring forward the human rights issues faced by the country, including our respective experiences, and gather support for actions that mitigate the prevailing culture of impunity,” De Lima said.
She said the conference focuses on raising awareness and support for activities that will promote global human rights.
”Human rights issues have evolved through the years. They affect everyone, regardless of nationality. We must address these issues on a global scale.”
The senator has just received a 2016 Global Thinkers Award in Washington, D.C.
She said she looks forward to sharing her experiences as a human rights advocate in public service. “The upcoming conference is a good chance to network with known human rights defenders, especially those in the government, to come together and discuss how each country can reaffirm its commitment to protect human rights.”
Resource speakers in the said conference include Albanian president Bujar Nishani, former U.S. attorney-general Alberto Gonzales and European Court of Human Rights judge Dragoljub Popovic among others.
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