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In memory of Chito Gascon, a Human rights activist in the Philippineh
Date : 2021-10-13     Hit : 391

In memory of Chito Gascon, a human rights activist in the Philippines

 

 


 

Chito Gascon, 1964-2021, chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission of the Philippines, who dedicated his life to transnational solidarity for the democracy of the Philippines and the improvement of human rights in Asia, passed away on October 9, due to COVID-19.

 

The May 18 Memorial Foundation expresses its sincere condolences for the death of Chito Gascon, who acted in solidarity with May 18 while continuing the great fight for democracy and human rights. 

 

Chito Gascon maintained solidarity with us by participating in sessions at the Gwangju Asia Forum (organized by the May 18 Memorial Foundation) and the World Human Rights Cities Forum (organized by the Gwangju Metropolitan City). Although he is no longer present, we hope that the journey toward democracy in the Philippines will continue, building on his legacy of 30 years of dedication. 

 

A memorial service will be held online tomorrow, October 14. It will begin at 4 pm, Korean time.

 

Link to online memorial service for Chito Gascon: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85074542893?pwd=MTliaHN6Y0hiZ2dTQzlZWU9kTEQ3QT09 

· Meeting ID: 850 7454 2893

· Passcode: ChairChito

 

As a student, Chito Gascon was active in organizing on-campus protests against the Marcos dictatorship, calling for justice for everyone and for radical political change. After being elected president of the University of the Philippines Student Council in 1985, he actively led the student movement for nonviolent popular revolution. He organized human rights education fairs on campus and served as the director for Amnesty International Philippines for many years.

 

Working as a human rights lawyer, he helped draft the Constitution of the Philippines in 1987 He served as the youngest member of the 8th National Assembly, and passed a bill institutionalizing youth participation in local governments. He continued building a foundation for democracy in the Philippines, helping to enact the Special Act for Child Protection and the Agreement on Respect for International Humanitarian Law and working on peace negotiations to resolve conflicts with Muslim secessionist groups in Mindanao.

 

After his appointment as chairperson of the National Human Rights Commissions of the Philippines in 2015, he was fiercely dedicated to fighting Duterte’s anti-human rights policies and struggled for the “dignity of all people.” Until this year, he worked on various human rights agendas, including vaccine equity. 

 

Attached files: 

1. Picture of Chito Gascon.

2. 2020 Gwangju Asia Forum Video Link to Chito Gascon’s Presentation  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7JbsPK8QyQ

3. Link to local newspapers related to the news of Chito Gascon’s death

 

1) Manila Times

https://www.manilatimes.net/2021/10/09/news/chr-chief-gascon-succumbs-to-covid-19/1817749 

 

2) Rappler

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/in-depth/commission-human-rights-chairperson-chito-gascon-fight-abuses-duterte-profile 

 

https://www.rappler.com/nation/commission-on-human-rights-chair-chito-gascon-dies 

 

3) CNN Philippines

https://www.cnnphilippines.com/news/2021/10/9/Chito-Gascon-dies.html

 

 

October 13, 2021

 

The May 18 Memorial Foundation, Gwangju, Korea

 

 

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