Saturday, November 19, 2011

CHR: Right to travel not applicable in GMA case - The Philippine Star » News » Headlines

CHR: Right to travel not applicable in GMA case - The Philippine Star » News » Headlines

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“The right to travel is both a human right and a constitutional right. It is guaranteed in Article III Section 6 of the 1987 Constitution and Article 12(2) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). However, the right to travel is not absolute. Both the Constitution and the ICCPR provide for exceptions under which the right may be lawfully denied,” the CHR noted in a statement.

“The current situation makes it appear that the right to travel is diametrically opposed to the right of the state to investigate and prosecute high crimes. It is as if the people are forced to choose one over the other. From a human rights perspective, the conflict is but illusory: the right to travel cannot be used as a shield from criminal jurisdiction, in the same way that the prosecutorial power of the state cannot be whimsically exercised to deny one’s right to travel,” the statement reads.


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