UP IHR co-hosts forum on international cooperation, protection of human rights

MRP26524The University of the Philippines Law Center Institute of Human Rights (UP IHR) on 25 March held the “Forum on Rules-Based International Order” at the 1st Floor Lecture Room, Bocobo Hall, UP Law Complex.

The event, co-organized by the UP IHR with the Embassy of Canada in the Philippines and the Philippine Society of International Law, was attended by representatives from the Canadian embassy, foreign diplomats, college deans and university professors, law students, and representatives from the government and non-governmental organizations.

UP College of Law Dean Fides Cordero-Tan delivered the welcome message while UP IHR Director Prof. Elizabeth Aguiling-Pangangalan, in her preliminary remarks, set the framework for the event. His Excellency John Holmes, Ambassador of Canada to the Philippines, underscored Canada’s continued commitment to abiding to a rules-based order in its international relations. Meanwhile, Canadian Climate Change Ambassador Patricia Fuller, in delivering the event’s keynote address, emphasized the importance of international cooperation to address the threat of climate change.

Panel speakers included Centre for Migrant Advocacy Executive Director Ms. Ellene Sana and UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who talked on the session on Indigenous Peoples and Migration. Meanwhile, WHO Country Representative Dr. Gundo Weiler, former DOH Secretary Dr. Esperanza Icasas-Cabral, and DOH Undersecretary Dr. Rolando Enrique D. Domingo delivered their presentations on the Global Health session. Lastly, DFA Assistant Secretary J. Eduardo Malaya, Siliman University College of Law Dean Sheila Lynn M. Catacutan-Besario, and DOJ Undersecretary Emmeline Aglipay-Villar spoke during the session on International Crimes.

The forum, which involved tackling human rights issues affecting women and reproductive health, also served as a contribution of the UP IHR to the celebration of the International Women’s Month.DSC_0044 DSC_0061 DSC_0155 DSC_0227 DSC_2119 IMG_4404 IMG_4405 IMG_6093 IMG_6097