Pasig City, February 2-4, 2016. In line with the PNP HRAO P.A.T.R.O.L. Plan 2015 Vision of “Fully Institutionalizing Respect for Human Rights in the PNP”, PSSUPT EDGARDO G PAMITTAN, Assistant Chief of the PNP Human Rights Affairs Office (PNP-HRAO) together with PCINSP EMMANUEL SL ENRIQUEZ attended the three day Summit on Global Action Against Mass Atrocity Crimes (GAAMAC II) from February 2 to 4, 2016 at the Marco Polo Hotel, Ortigas, Pasig City.
The event, which had the theme: “Preventing Atrocities: How to Strengthen National Atrocity Prevention Architectures” was attended by key heads and representatives of various government agencies such as the DFA, DOJ, DILG, CHR and participants coming from other countries in Europe, Africa, North and South America, Australia, and Asia.
The three day event delved on discussions on the preventive mechanisms that should be put in place in order to avoid the rise of atrocity crimes in any part of their of the world. It was further thoroughly discussed that these mechanisms serve as inhibitors against the rise of violence against any member of the larger community, to wit:
- There should be government policies and advisories for a strong accountability of state actors in any given country such as that of soldiers, policemen, and other government officials;
- There should be independent and proactive Human Rights institutions whose presence is strongly felt by all sectors of the community;
- There should be mechanisms in place to settle Human Rights problems from the national down to the local level;
- There should be a functioning transnational justice mechanism in place to ensure that complaints are properly addressed; and
- There should be good partnerships developed between and among government agencies and offices with that of CSOs and NGOs.
Meanwhile, Mr. Adama Dieng, Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, United Nations and The Honorable Jesus R. S. Domingo, Assistant Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs, Phillipines graced the closing ceremony held on February 4, 2016.
“The PNP officers should attend similar activities in the future to establish good rapport with representatives from other countries as well as with other government offices and learn of the innovative ways adopted by other nations that may be applicable in our country”, PSSUPT PAMITTAN explained.