SC forms body to help address human rights violations

  • Supreme Court creates a panel that will help evaluate all concerns and recommendations addressed to the judiciary
  • The technical Working Group (TWG) on Criminal Impunity and Human Rights abuses was created to monitor incidents or cases of human rights abuses
  • Aside from this, the high court is also speeding up resolution of criminal cases to decongest jails across Metro Manila

To safeguard constitutional rights and human rights policy issues, the Supreme Court (SC) has created a panel that will help evaluate all concerns and recommendations addressed to the judiciary.

The creation of the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Criminal Impunity and Human Rights Abuses is in line with the policy reforms in the judiciary that aims to monitor incidents or cases of rights abuses, an article written by Estrella Torres on Philippine Daily Inquirer stated.

Aside from this, the SC is also speeding up resolution of criminal cases to decongest jails across Metro Manila.

Earlier, the SC pilot tested the Manila City Jail under Task Force Katarungan at Kalayaan along with the establishment of a Detainee’s Notebook.

Based on record,  the high court have released a total of 403 out of 550 detainees or 73.3 percent under the Task Force Katarungan at Kalayaan Project as of January this year.

The task force aims to timely dispose of cases by reviewing these through a set of criteria. Since then, it has significantly contributed to the resolution of cases of inmates at the Manila City Jail,” the SC report noted.

Meanwhile, Chief Justice Lourdes Sereno said carrying out justice reforms in the country “is a long term goal.”

Sereno noted that if justice is to be advanced in this country, it has to be done in a systematic manner.

Furthermore, the chief justice urged the media to continue its interest “to find out if justice is improving in the country.”

 

 

 

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