Senior Associate Justice Marvic M.V.F. Leonen and Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines (FOCAP) President Sara Gomez Armas lead the launch of a two-day exhibit on human rights, history, and poverty in celebration of International Human Rights Day on December 9 and 10, 2019 at the lobby of the Supreme Court New Building in Padre Faura, Manila.
With the FOCAP, the Court exhibited chosen shots from photojournalists from an earlier exhibit marking their 45th anniversary. The images chosen depict stories of many natural and man made events here and abroad that were part of our history and had significant effects on both the recognition and enjoyment of human rights by our people.
Human rights and social justice are both enshrined in our Constitution. They are the bedrock and foundational principle encompassing a broad spectrum of values that matter to our people. The impact of any violation of human rights have differential impact on those who are poor. In a way, social inequality as well as the weakness of the institutions of democracy often provide the milieu for these violations.
The Judiciary, constitutionally insulated from partisan politics, ensures that those whose rights have been violated can find powerful succor. It marks the global celebration of human rights as a continued recognition of its mandate enshrined in the most fundamental law. (Caption by Darylle Evie Mae C. Catabay; Photo by Francisco S. Gutierrez)