This three-year UN Joint Programme for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Philippines focuses on technical cooperation and capacity-building "with a view to improving further the situation of human rights in the Philippines, to provide support for the country in its continued fulfillment of its international human rights obligations and commitments." It shall be conducted in a spirit of partnership, trust-building and constructive engagement.
Under the overall guidance of the UN Resident Coordinator in the Philippines, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Office on Counter-Terrorism (UNOCT) and the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will work primarily with national counterparts, including the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Philippine National Police (PNP), the Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB), the Anti-Terrorism Council-Program Management Center (ATC-PMC), and the Presidential Human Rights Committee Secretariat (PHRCS), as well as the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines (CHRP) and civil society actors, to provide cohesive approaches that address main human rights challenges facing the country. The Joint Programme focuses on six key areas:
- Strengthening domestic investigative and accountability mechanisms to be implemented by OHCHR;
- Improved data gathering on alleged police violations to be implemented by OHCHR;
- Civic space and engagement with civil society and the CHRP to be implemented by, OHCHR and UNESCO;
- Strengthening the National Mechanism for Reporting and Follow-up to be implemented by OHCHR;
- Human Rights-Based Approach to drug control to be implemented by UNODC, UNAIDS, WHO, UNWOMEN, and OHCHR; and
- Human Rights-Based Approach to counter-terrorism to be implemented by UNOCT, UNODC and OHCHR.
The UN will mobilize resources from multiple development partners for this UN Joint Programme. The UN Joint Programme will be guided by UN regulations, policies and rules, including the UN Charter and the UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy for support to non-UN Security Forces.
The UN Joint Programme will advocate for compliance with the Philippines international human rights obligations and domestic legislation consistent with them.