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CHR lauds Senate bill to mandate reporting of deaths of prisoners

Tuguegarao City, Cagayan – The filing of bill in the Senate has been lauded by the Commission on Human Rights on Saturday, as it seeks to mandate the reporting of deaths of prisoners in PH.

Apart from the compulsory reporting of deaths in prisons, the bill also requires the relay of information about illnesses of Persons Deprived of Liberty as well as detained minors.

The Death in Custody Reporting Bill or Senate Bill No. 1771, filed by Senator Richard Gordon back in August of 2020 is still for approval of the committee level.

CHR Spox Jacqueline de Guia said in a statement, “the measure recognizes the importance of accountability and transparency needed in ensuring the welfare of PDLs and minors convicted of a heinous crime or crimes punishable by reclusion perpetua.”

Once the bill is enacted, it would require the reporting of the deaths of PDLs and Children in Conflict with the Law to the Supreme Court, Executive Department, and the Commission on Human Rights, automatic investigation regarding the deaths of PDLs and CICLs who died under suspicious circumstances, autopsy of PDLs and CICLs who have been charged or convicted of a heinous crime or crimes punishable by death, reclusion perpetua, or life imprisonment, or one who died unexpectedly or under suspicious circumstances, notification to the families of the PDLs or CICLs who are critically ill or who dies, provide for witnesses in cases of mandatory cremation of PDLs and CICLs due to public health emergencies.

De Guia said further, “these additional safeguards ensure a transparent justice system and shall act as an effective deterrent against cruel, inhumane, and degrading treatment against detained persons in line with the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.”

“Senate Bill No. 1771 will help ensure a more transparent penal system and reinforce the CHR mandate in exercising its investigatory and visitorial powers over jails and detention facilities in preventing instances of human rights violations committed against detained individuals,” she added. TNF

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