From December 4–10, we commemorate National Human Rights Consciousness Week in the Philippines. This special week holds significant historical importance. Back in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly declared the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, setting a global benchmark for human rights standards. December 10 was later designated as International Human Rights Day in 1950, marking a time to honor these rights worldwide.

Here in the Philippines, former President Corazon C. Aquino made a proclamation in October 1988, designating December 3–10 as National Human Rights Week. This was later reinforced by Republic Act No. 9201, declaring December 4–10 of each year as National Human Rights Consciousness Week.

This year’s theme, Dignidad, Kalayaan, at Katarungan para Lahat resonates deeply, emphasizing the fundamental principles of treating everyone with respect, ensuring freedom, and upholding justice for each individual in our society.