CHR says children are ‘unseen victims’ of death penalty

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit: “The psychological and emotional suffering of these children can amount to a violation of their rights.”

10.10.2019

CHR Commissioner Karen Gomez Dumpit: “The psychological and emotional suffering of these children can amount to a violation of their rights.”

MANILA, Philippines — On the 17th World Day Against the Death Penalty, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) stressed that children are the “unseen victims” of capital punishment saying their

In light of this, Dumpit reiterated CHR’s call to the government to commit to the Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which bars states from reintroducing death penalty once it is abolished.

Instead of reimposing the death penalty, Dumpit said government should address problems causing the people to commit crimes.

Several bills have been filed before the House and the Senate aiming to restore death penalty for heinous crimes, drug trafficking, among others.

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