- The Permanent Mission of the Philippines to the United Nations (UN) in Geneva called on States to ratify international instruments against human trafficking and other conventions to protect the rights of migrant and domestic workers during the recent 14th session of the Human Rights Council’s Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) held in Geneva from October 22 to November 5.
At the UPR Session, the Philippines consistently encouraged States under review to consider ratifying the Palermo Protocol on trafficking against persons, the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and members of their families, as well as the International Labor Organization’s (ILO’s) Convention 189 on domestic workers.
Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN Office in Geneva, Ambassador Evan P. Garcia, led the Philippine delegation in this advocacy. He stressed that as the Philippines remains engaged in the fight against human trafficking on the domestic front, it will continue to seek transnational cooperation to protect the rights of migrants and trafficking victims.
The 14 countries reviewed during the 14th UPR session were the Czech Republic, Argentina, Gabon, Ghana, Ukraine, Guatemala, Benin, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Pakistan, Zambia, Japan, Peru and Sri Lanka.
The Universal Periodic Review is a process in the Human Rights Council where the human rights records of States are reviewed. Achievements and challenges faced by each UN member state in the promotion and protection of human rights are reported to the Council and considered during the UPR Working Group sessions.
The Philippines underwent its first review in 2008 and its second review in May 2012.