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Ateneo Human Rights Center

Manila, Philippines
Joined June 2016
Presence in: Philippines
Focus: Community / Customary Land Rights, Education, Gender-based violence, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Other

The Ateneo Human Rights Center was founded in July 1986, a few months after the historic EDSA Revolution drew attention to the indomitable might that is People Power. While the dictatorship infamous for human rights violations was overthrown through peaceful and bloodless means, it became obvious immediately thereafter that much work still had to be done in the field of human rights. AHRC was established as one of the first university-based institutions engaged in the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.

Housed in the School of Law of the Ateneo de Manila, AHRC strives to do its part in espousing the university’s challenge that every Atenean should use the gift of excellence to be “lux in Domino” – light in the Lord. It keeps faith with the guiding principle of forming men and women for others which underlies Ateneo pedagogy. As Fr. Bievenido F. Nebres, S.J., former President of the University, once said: “The vigor of the Ateneo’s social centers and the many socially oriented activities on campus…reflect our commitment to place excellence at the service of others. “

AHRC’s initial program was the Summer Internship Program. It was designed to provide law students with exposure to human rights work and advocacy and produced the first crop of interns in the summer of 1987. Since then, the Internship Program has been expanded substantially.

To form and sustain human rights lawyers and advocates in the Philippines;
To make justice more accessible to victims of human rights violations;
To monitor and advocate for compliance with human rights laws and instruments;
To empower civil society towards peace, democracy, gender equality, good governance, and the rule of law.

People Associated With This Organization

Anne Maureen Manigbas

Ateneo Human Rights Center
Joined June 2016
Interests: Citizenship & Identification, Community / Customary Land Rights, Environmental Justice, Other, Traditional / Customary Justice
I am the Program Director of the Internship Program of the Ateneo Human Rights Center. The Internship Program is the Ateneo Human Rights Center’s (AHRC) flagship and pioneer program. As a “formation program,” it is concerned with the personal growth of the interns as well as their development as human rights advocates. It involves the proper formation of law students to instill in them the tenets of a Jesuit education and to acquaint them in the field of alternative law practice. It is designed to expose law students to the plight of vulnerable sectors of society and to provide training on human rights advocacy and alternative lawyering with the goal of strengthening access to justice of marginalized and vulnerable groups.

Christine Rose Lapada

Ateneo Human Rights Center (Unverified)
Joined November 2021
Interests: Education, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Policy Advocacy, Women's Rights
Christine is a Filipina human rights advocate with experience in legal and community development research. Currently, Christine works at the Department of Education - Central Office and at the University of the Philippines Law Center.

Maria Ilsea Salvador

Ateneo Human Rights Center (Unverified)
Joined February 2021
Interests: Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Right to Information, Women's Rights
I am a lawyer working on human rights education, women's human rights, gender-based violence, advocacy, and strengthening of access to justice. I also provide legal assistance to individuals who are victims of human rights violations.

Marianne Agunoy

Ateneo Human Rights Center
Joined November 2022
Interests: Legal Aid & Public Interest Law
Program officer working on access to justice issues in the Philippines

Nina Patricia Sison-Arroyo

Ateneo Human Rights Center (Unverified)
Joined March 2017
Interests: Education, Family, Gender-based violence, Generalist Legal Services, Other, Women's Rights
Ms. Sison-Arroyo has extensive experience in human rights promotion and protection, legislative and policy advocacy, legal empowerment of vulnerable groups, and capacity enhancement of duty-bearers. She represents the poor and disadvantaged in cases involving violence against women and children, sexual abuse, child labor, and children in conflict with the law. She is also a practitioner in family law litigation, including annulment proceedings, custody, and adoption.

Ms. Sison-Arroyo has held various leadership and management positions resulting in a unique combination of legal expertise, leadership qualities and management skills, and professional work ethic.

She is currently the Assistant to the Dean for Administration of the Ateneo Law School. She concurrently serves as the Adviser of the Ateneo Legal Services Center, a public interest center that provides legal services to the marginalized; and of the child rights desk of the Ateneo Human Rights Center.

Ray Paolo Santiago

Ateneo Human Rights Center
Joined July 2022
Interests: Children's Rights, Criminal Justice, Governance, Accountability & Transparency, Legal Aid & Public Interest Law
I am the Executive Director of the Human Rights Center of the Ateneo de Mania University which is based at the Law School. I am active in public interest litigation; policy research and analysis; drafting laws and lobbying for legislative reform; and giving lectures on human rights, women and children’ rights and governance topics.

I am also a full-time faculty-member of the Ateneo Law School, teaching Constitutional Law and Human Rights, among others.

I am the Co-Chair of the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court and a Council Member of the Alternative Law Groups.

I look forward to learn more from members of the network and to collaborate on areas of mutual interest.

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