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In Defense of the Right to Life: International Law and Death Penalty in the Philippines

A study by the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines and Dr. Christopher Ward, SC, Australian Bar, Adjunct Professor, Australian National University

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Statement of Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit on the United Nations General Assembly Resolution on Moratorium on the Use of the Death Penalty
Commission on Human Rights | http://chr.gov.ph/statement-of-commissioner-karen-gomez-dumpit-on-the-united-nations-general-assembly-resolution-on-moratorium-on-the-use-of-the-death-penalty/, December 17, 2020
Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit delivered before the Committee on Justice House of Representatives
Commission on Human Rights | https://www.facebook.com/chrgovph/photos/a.784575471659000/2909617312488128/, September 24, 2020
Comm. Karen S. Gomez-Dumpit Message
Comm. Karen S. Gomez-Dumpit Message | https://www.facebook.com/chrgovph/photos/a.784575471659000/2912774812172378/, June 25, 2020
Statement of Commissioner Karen S. Gomez Dumpit on the 17th World Day against Death Penalty
Commission on Human Rights | http://chr.gov.ph/statement-of-commissioner-karen-s-gomez-dumpit-on-the-17th-world-day-against-death-penalty/, October 10, 2019
CHR OK Card: Locsin opposes death penalty, says it wont work
Commission on Human Rights | https://www.facebook.com/chrgovph/photos/a.784575471659000/2213319572117909/, July 24, 2019
Statement of CHR spokesperson, Atty. Jacqueline Ann de Guia, on remarks advocating the reintroduction of death penalty by rope
Commission on Human Rights | https://chr.gov.ph/statement-of-chr-spokesperson-atty-jacqueline-ann-de-guia-on-remarks-advocating-the-reintroduction-of-death-penalty-by-rope/, July 24, 2019
Statement of CHR spokesperson, Atty Jacqueline Ann de Guia, on proposals to restore death penalty in the country
Commission on Human Rights | http://chr.gov.ph/statement-of-chr-spokesperson-atty-jacqueline-ann-de-guia-on-proposals-to-restore-death-penalty-in-the-country/, June 28, 2019
Statement of CHR Commissioner Karen S. Gomez-Dumpit on the Possible Restoration of the Death Penalty
Commission on Human Rights | https://www.facebook.com/notes/commission-on-human-rights-of-the-philippines/statement-of-chr-commissioner-karen-gomez-dumpit-on-the-possible-restoration-of-/2101862306596, May 19, 2019
Statement of CHR Spokesperson, Atty Jacqueline Ann de Guia, on Senator Manny Pacquiao’s remarks supporting death penalty through the Bible (2018)
Commission on Human Rights Statement link | https://www.facebook.com/chrgovph/photos/a.892066110909935/1713839952065876/, August 09, 2018
CHR Reiterates Stance on Death Penalty at End Crime, Not Life Public Forum (2017)
Commission on Human Rights | https://www.facebook.com/chrgovph/photos/a.784575471659000/1341041602679048/, August 17, 2017
CHR Remains Firm Against the Reimposition of the Death Penalty
Commission on Human Rights, March 07, 2017
Commission on Human Rights on the Death Penalty (2017)
Commission on Human Rights | https://www.facebook.com/chrgovph/photos/a.784575471659000/1158481100935100/, February 07, 2017
Advisory on the Reimposition of the Death Penalty - CHR (V) A2016-002
Commission on Human Rights, November 07, 2016

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CHR Statements

Statement of Commissioner Karen S. Gomez Dumpit on the 17th World Day against Death Penalty

October 10, 2019, Commission on Human Rights

As we mark the 17th World Day Against Death Penalty today, let us remain firm in upholding the right to life and resist any move to reimpose the death penalty.

This year’s theme focuses on the unseen victims of capital punishment — children whose parents have been sentenced to death. The psychological and emotional suffering of these children can amount to a violation of their rights.

The arduous and tormenting process of capital punishment is in itself a form of torture inflicted on the convicted. This suffering extends to their loved ones especially their children whose anguish can even be more severe than the person in death row. This perpetuates the cycle of violence and despair as the children of those executed bear the stigma from the community, experience psychological trauma, and may carry the emotional burden into adulthood which may be passed on to their own children.

We reiterate Government’s commitment and obligation to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which the Philippines expressly accepted in the free exercise of its sovereignty. The very nature of the treaty does not allow for withdrawal or denunciation. To reintroduce the death penalty once again will be a serious breach of international law.

All crimes must be punished through an efficient and incorrupt justice system. Death penalty can breed more problems and do more harm without resolving what it purports to stop in the first place. Death Penalty is wrong and futile. A state that makes killing a form of punishment loses the moral ground to stop killings. The obligation to deliver justice must not breed further injustice.

Curbing crimes and its root causes require effective solutions. Our country and its government instrumentalities must endeavor to address the deeper problems that cause commission of crimes, implement alternative programs to prevent offending through a restorative justice framework and ensure certainty of punishment through due process, rule of law and utmost respect for the right to life of all.



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