CLRDC Celebrates the International Day of the Girl Child

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On October 11, 2013, the Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC) marked the celebration of the International Day of the Girl Child simultaneous with the celebration of the other neighboring Asian countries dubbed as “Asian Girl Campaign 2013”.  As CLRDC celebrates the significance of the said day, it vowed to renew its commitment to promote and protect the human rights of the girl child and affirm its devotion in building a better society for all children. Continue reading

Caring Program for the Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL)

April 18 2013 - CLRDC @ Yakap Bata Holding Center

The Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC), together with KNK Philippines (Kokyo Naki Kodomotachi  or Children Without Borders), organized a joint  voluntary “Caring Program for the Children in Conflict with the Law (CICL)”.  The said program conducts its weekly activities in three centers for CICL – -  Yakap Bata Holding Center, Bahay Sandigan, and Navotas City Jail.

The joint program aims to provide educational development activities for children in prisons.  It also purports to monitor the situation and condition of the children in the said centers to be able to determine the assistance necessary for the improvement of their situations.  The Caring Program activities include artwork, dialogues, workshops and orientations on value formation, leadership and human rights (using the “Play It Right” toolkit courtesy of Equitas International Centre for Human Rights Education).  DKA-Austria interns actively participate by adding more colors to the program through the additional activities they initiated for the CICL such as dancing, singing, and meditation which were greatly appreciated by the said children.

 

Since April 2013 until July 2013, through this program, CLRDC and KNK were able to provide direct service assistance to at least twenty eight children (both CICL and rescued street children) for their release, shelter, and continuation of their education.

The said program has been running since April 2013 and is being led by CLRDC with the active participation of four (4) Social Work student-interns from DKA-Austria, and two students from Germany, and volunteers from KNK Philippines.

What the Interns say about their work at CLRDC on this program:

“It was such a short time but I had a great working experience with
CLRDC. After I graduate, I would like to work with children in Prison.
CLRDC is a wonderful inspiration, they are voluntarily helping so many kids
- – children in prison, sexually abused children, and street children.
They are a small organization with such a huge mission and a big heart
to give for the children. Their work is incredible and truly amazing. I will
miss my work with them and I will miss the kids that we help.”

- Pia Eckl, Intern April 16 – July 25, 2013
BA Social Work, University of Applied Sciences
FH Campus Wien, Vienna

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“CLRDC is like a rainbow, its work is very colorful, it connects
to people, it has different creative aspects of helping the children,
it is shining bright as it goes into the world. It is not limited,
it has ups and downs, yet it stands over the world in the sky because
of its amazing work. I got to love my work at CLRDC. I became inspired,
I want to pursue a Masters in Human Rights and I want to work full time for CLRDC to help the kids.” 

- – Julia Schneider, Intern April 16 – July 25, 2013
BA Social Work student, FH Campus Wien, Vienna

CLRDC at the International Colloquium on Juvenile Justice

March 2013, National Law University, New Delhi, India


CLRDC at the International Colloquium on Juvenile Justice

The Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC), through its Chairperson (Rowena Legaspi), was invited by India-based international NGO HAQ Center for Child Rights to represent the Philippines as a Resource Speaker in an International Colloquium on Juvenile Justice held in New Delhi, India last March 16-18, 2013.

The said international colloquium discussed the comparatives of the juvenile justice systems in some countries represented in the Colloquium such as the Philippines, Thailand, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pretoria in South Africa, Canada, the United Kingdom, Washington, and Australia.  It also highlighted the common concerns and issues of the juvenile justice in the said countries in accordance with what the human rights standards provide such as those  indicated in the document on international minimum standards that must be observed in the treatment of persons deprived of liberty.

The said colloquium was the first international colloquium in Asia on juvenile justice.  It aimed at promoting the campaign for the effective implementation of the juvenile justice law in each country and strengthening collaborations between NGOs that advance the human rights of children in prisons.

CLRDC at the International Colloquium on Juvenile Justice
CLRDC at the International Colloquium on Juvenile Justice

Read Less, Know More

Part of the 10th year anniversary celebration of the Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center, Inc. (CLRDC)  last December 20, 2012, was the soft launching of the “Primer on the Anti-Torture Act of 2009”.  Although printed copies are already available, the CLRDC team opted for the “soft launching” coined to mean a publication of the primer’s soft copy in the blog site of the organization.  Printed copies were distributed to some NGOs on December 20, 2012 in time for CLRDC’s decade of service. The primer is also one of the contributions of CLRDC to the civil society in its advocacy against torture in time for December’s celebration of the International Human Rights consciousness month.

The primer seeks to respond to issues and questions frequently asked in the Anti-Torture Act of 2009, from the definition of torture, the acts constituting the crime of torture, the penalties involved, the legal remedies that maybe availed of by the victims of torture, the principles of command responsibility explained, as well as the rights of a person under custodial investigation.  The readers of the said Primer can better appreciate the law by reading its concise and simplified form and presentation.  Reading less but learning more about the right not to be tortured.

The primer was the collective efforts of the members of the United against Torture Coalition (UATC) and was written by the CLRDC team of lawyers. Special thanks goes to the Medical Action Group (MAG) for financing the printing and reproduction of the cover page.

Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC) won the readers’ choice award by HR online Philippines, dubbed: “2nd Pinduteros Choice Award” for its press releases opposing the amendment to the juvenile justice and welfare act of 2006.

Visit this link for details: http://hronlineph.com/2012/12/12/event-hr-pinduteros-and-pinduteras-have-spoken-2nd-human-rights-pinduteros-choice-are/

2nd HR Pinduteros Choice Awards is an event that aims to contribute in promotion of human rights online while we give recognition to efforts of HR pinduteros.

Human Rights Online Philippines or HRonlinePH.com started last March of 2011 and was officially launched in December 1, 2011 at Crystal Ship Café in Quezon City. The launch was highlighted by recognizing individuals and networks that contributed to the HRonlinePH.com’s initial success as an online community and resource on the country’s human rights condition through the 1st HR Pinduteros Awards.

More than a year after, as of December 2012 HRonlinePH.com has reached 283,598 hits or views. Last October 2, 2012 (During Black Tuesday) and October 27, 2012 were its busiest days with 1,541 and 2,294 visitors respectively according to our statistics provided by wordpress.com, giving us an estimated average of 600 hits a day since its conception last year.

We are consistently ranking in the top 10 of the site TopBlogs.com.ph under the category politics, government and more. In fact as of December 9, 2012, we are ranked 3rd among other blogs. We have also reached 573 followers in facebook and 196 in twitter. We are also being visited by thousands of readers from other countries like the US, United Kingdom, Austria, our neighboring countries and more.

We may not be the best blog in the Philippines, but we are one of the most promising Human Rights online community of pinduteros right now!

2nd HR Pinduteros Choice Awards

In our fight against the present state of the Cybercrime prevention law, we will not be stopped in using the internet in informing, inspiring and mobilizing the netizens to our cause. We will defend internet freedom! Let our voices be heard.

In celebration of 2012 Human Rights Day and as a way to give thanks to HR Defenders who continued their support by patronizing and contributing online articles, photos, statement, press releases and other resources, HRonlinePH.com is awarding its 2nd HR Pinduteros Choice Awards.

The HR Pinduteros Choice Awards is an online event that aims to give recognition to human rights defenders’ online activities (Individuals and groups) that informed, inspired and mobilized the online readers to our common cause that is to promote, defend and assert human rights utilizing the internet as a tool.

Online polling and popularization of the event also hopes to contribute in increasing awareness and build up for the international HR day celebration every December 10, through encouraging the netizens to visit and learn more about human rights issues, campaigns and etc. posted and featured in different HR sites.

Human Rights Pinduteros is a name we coined during Dakila’s Digital Activism Training or DIGIBAK in 2011 referring to HR community of internet users, HR advocates and activists (as a network) that promote and defend HR and believe in HRonlinePH.com’s call to inform, inspire and mobilize our readers to our cause.

“2nd HR Pinduteros Choice Awards” aims to:

Encourage active HR promotions and posting
Recognize online efforts for human rights
Promote HR activities online and offline
Encourage more readers and patronage for HR sites and causes
Give a glimpse on measures of effectivity and popularity of HR posts, campaigns, advocacies etc.

Recognitions/Categories for HRonlinePH pinduteros’ (readers’) choice 2012

HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR NETWORK‘S POSTS
HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR BLOGGER‘S POSTS
HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR BLOGSITE
HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR WEBSITE
HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR EVENT
HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR PHOTO
HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR VIDEOS
OFF THE SHELF -SPECIAL RECOGNITION
MOST CLICKED LITERARY POST -SPECIAL RECOGNITION
MOST CLICKED FEATURED SITE -SPECIAL RECOGNITION
POP ONLINE CAMPAIGN -SPECIAL AWARDS

Mechanics

Nominees were chosen from the top items per category posted in HRonlinePH.com based on the hits generated (site statistics) from the period of October 2011 to September 20, 2012.

Scores for winning posts were based on HRonlinePH.com statistics combined with an online voting/polling that was held from the period of October 2012 and ended in November 20, 2012 at the HRonlinePH.com FB page.

The Categories and winners

HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR NETWORK’S POSTS

This recognition goes to our networks of human rights defenders, NGOs, institutions and campaign centers that have their Press Releases, statements and articles submitted to HRonlinePH.com for posting and generated the most number of readers.

HR Pinduteros and Pinduteras have spoken. The HR PINDUTEROS CHOICE FOR HR NETWORK’S POST is a Press Release about a protest against the proposed bill that recommends lowering the age of accountability for juvenile delinquents…

“House Bill 6052 Threatens Children’s Human Rights”

by Children Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRD)

House Bill 6052 Threatens Children’s Human Rights

Repost:  CLRDC Press Release at  http://hronlineph.com/2012/06/06/press-release-house-bill-6052-threatens-childrens-human-rights-clrd

“With the proposed amendment on the Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act of 2006, specifically on the age of criminal responsibility, children above 12 are more prone to abuses and their human rights are threatened.“ This is the position of Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC) Inc., an NGO that monitors, documents and provides direct services such as awareness-raising and free legal assistance to children victim of violence. Rowena Legaspi, CLRDC Executive Director stressed that “lowering the age of criminal responsibility constitutes a grave breach on the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which the Philippines has ratified and acceded to.“

Rule 4 of the Beijing Rules recommends that the beginning of minimum age of criminal responsibility shall not be fixed at too low an age level, bearing in mind the facts of emotional, mental and intellectual maturity. The committee also encourage States to increase its minimum age to a higher level (CRC Committee, General Comment No. 10: children’s rights in juvenile justice, UN document CRC/C/GC/10, 2007, paragraph 32).

Especially, the German delegation made the recommendation last week during the 2nd Cycle of Universal Periodic Review of the Philippines not to lower the age of criminal responsibility. Alicia Bala, Undersecretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development, said prosecuting children as young as 12 would also signify that the authorities had given up on the children. Bala said it was too early to judge the Juvenile Justice Law because it had yet to be implemented properly. She said children in conflict with the law should not be treated by the state as hardened criminals but as victims of circumstances beyond their control.

If the age of criminal responsibility is set to low, HB 6052 suggests, the notion of responsibility becomes meaningless. To avoid that, there should be made a close relationship between criminal liability and other social rights such as civil majority (Commentary, Rule 4 of “The Beijing Rules”).

Edith Mychalewicz, a PhD student in International law who is currently a Legal Research intern at CLRDC added that “there has yet been no study that lowering the age of criminal responsibility has a positive effect on the rate of children´s so called anti-social behaviour. Only sensible rehabilitation programs and respectful behaviour towards the young member of our society, can have a positive effect on lowering the number of cases of children in conflict with law.”

“Under no circumstances that House Bill 6052 is fair to our children! Consequences such as higher numbers of child prisoners will be a step backward on our common goal towards the full enjoyment of human rights by everyone,” Mychalewicz further stressed. CLRDC and its nationwide networks of children’s organizations support the recommendations of Germany and Norway and pronounced that Juvenile Justice Law must be effectively implemented as amendment is not the solution for the State implementers’ failure to fulfil and discharge its human rights obligations to the children.”

Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center, Inc.
401-B, CRM Building, No. 106 Kamias Road, Quezon City
Tel. No. 4333199