September 16, 2019
 In 2024-Balancing Human Rights

Topic: 2024-Balancing Human Rights
Country: Philippines
Delegate Name: Rekshitha Rajeshkumar

The Philippines understands how important it is to deal with terrorism, a huge threat throughout the world, while still defending human rights. The Philippines has experienced problems with internal security and is aware of the careful balancing act needed to keep our citizens’ rights. The Philippines believes that all people have a basic right to human rights. We want to keep the process of freedom of speech and other rights. Counterterrorism actions have to protect these rights and avoid unnecessary influence. We are in favor of international collaboration to fight against terrorism. The collaboration shouldn’t put human rights at risk. The Philippines believes that sharing information, improving border security and laws that help keep people’s privacy are important. The Philippines also believes in solving the root causes of terrorism, like social exclusion, injustice, and poverty. Terrorism can be stopped and society can be peaceful if we take time to involve the community, grow our economy, and invest in education.
For a long time, the Philippines has been dealing with terrorism, especially in the southern Mindanao region. The New People’s Army and Abu Sayyaf are two military groups that have shown ris for the Philippines’ security. We are still dedicated to protecting democratic principles and human rights. Operations against terrorism are regularly carried out by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). The Philippines understands the need to find a safe balance between Human Rights and Counterterrorism. International humanitarian law guides our military to protect civilians and avoid most collateral damage. The Philippines works with international organizations, such as the United Nations, to improve human rights protocols. Through this, important protocols have been approved. Our National Human Rights Commission looks for violations and encourages responsibility throughout the nation. There have been cases of unjust arrests and murders without trial. We realize these problems and are dedicated to finding sincere solutions.
The Philippines suggests using society and creating results that last to find a safe balance and make a change. The Philippines urges the participating countries to carry out plans that solve multiple issues like security issues as well as human rights. This includes projects involving communities, changes to the judicial system, and law enforcement reforms. The Philippines also wants nations to create a fund that will help developing nations strengthen their abilities, especially focusing on legal changes, sharing information, and law enforcement training. Successful counterterrorism can be achieved by strengthening institutions to educate the public. The Philippines encourages communication between communities that have been impacted, governments, and societal movements. Developing inclusive policies guarantees that counterterrorism initiatives uphold human rights and will receive the people’s support.

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