Addendum to Human Rights Advisory - CHR A2019-006
The CHRP has issued the Advisory on Providing Video-Link Evidence in Court Proceedings in the Philippines on 4 October 2019. On 9 October 2019, a decision in People vs. Sergio from the Supreme Court of the Philippines allowed Mary Jane Veloso to testify through deposition in the human trafficking case against her alleged recruiters in Nueva Ecija, Philippines. In addition to a deposition, The CHR advisory argues that testimony via video-link is permitted in domestic law and should be widely accepted for vulnerable witnesses. This would not undermine fair trial procedures as technological advances would allow those accused to confront and cross-examine witnesses.
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