Safeguard Human Rights

"An independent judiciary is the key safeguard of people's rights against the heavy hand of the State and the caprice of officials and private individuals." Archbishop Socrates Villegas, Presidnet Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, 9 August 2014.The President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines says that the independence of the judiciary is important for safeguarding people’s rights. His statement is here.

How might political pressure on judges compromise people’s human rights? How should members of the judiciary be held accountable? Do you think the separation of legislative, executive and judicial powers promotes and supports the common good?

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