De Lima to raise human rights concerns at Berlin confab


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Sen. Leila M. de Lima is set to speak at the Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy (ACCD) in Berlin, Germany on Dec. 14 – 19.

De Lima, a known human rights advocate, will share with delegates of the conference the country’s experience in addressing human rights violations amid spate of extrajudicial killings and summary executions on the government’s war on drugs.

“The conference is a perfect opportunity to bring forward the human rights issues faced by the country, including our respective experiences, and gather support for actions that mitigate the prevailing culture of impunity,” she said.

The five-day conference focuses on raising awareness and support for activities that will promote global human rights.

“Human rights issues have evolved through the years. They affect everyone, regardless of nationality. We must address these issues on a global scale,” she said.

De Lima, who will be flying to Germany after receiving the 2016 Global Thinkers Award in Washington, D.C., USA, looks forward to sharing her experiences as a human rights advocate in public service.

“The upcoming conference is a good chance to network with known human rights defenders, especially those in the government, to come together and discuss how each country can reaffirm its commitment to protect human rights,” she said.

Resource speakers in the said conference include President Bujar Nishani of the Republic of Albania, former United States Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, Judge Dragolijub Popovic of the European Court of Human Rights, among many others.

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