Cecilia M. Lazaro
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  • Tuguegarao City
  • Philippines
  • Legal Officer
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Cecilia M. Lazaro is now a member of Peace and Collaborative Development Network
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In connection with my present position as Attorney IV in the Commission on Human Rights Philippines, I have been working in the field of human rights for more than five years now. I am exposed to different clients who come from different sectors such as children, indigenous persons (IPs -agta tribe, igorot, ibanag), women, detainees and disabled persons. They are considered vulnerable group in our society because of their characteristics that are prone to human rights violation. I usually identify their rights based on the facts presented and assess whether or not human rights violation exists. I give them legal advice on how to deal with their rights that have been violated. After deliberating the case at hand, I will recommend for the indorsement of the case before court tribunal or quasi-judicial body for the prosecution of the case.

Being the Focal Person for Children in our office, I attended various trainings related to children such as Child Perspective, Child Participation, and Child Impact Assessments, Philippine Child Justice System sponsored by Swedish Ombudsman for Children, The Embassy of Sweden and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA); Recovery and Reintegration of Victims-Survivors of Trafficking sponsored by United States Agency for International Development (USAID). These trainings enhanced my expertise to handle abused, neglected, exploited children, children in conflict with law and children in armed conflict situation.

Committed as human rights advocate, I conduct various trainings not only to different sectors that are vulnerable to human rights violations but also to government authorities that are prone to commit human rights violations such as police, military, appointed and elected officials. The topics that I usually discuss with these sectors are International Humanitarian Law, Convention on the Rights of the Child, Bill of Rights found in the Article III of the 1987 Philippine Constitution where our civil and political rights were enshrined, Juvenile Justice and Welfare Act (Republic Act 9344), Child Abuse Law (Republic Act 7610), Violence Against Women and Children Act (Republic Act 9262), Anti-Sexual Harassment Law (Republic Act 7877), Anti – Trafficking in Persons Law (Republic Act 9208) and different existing laws here in the Philippines. Through the information, research and education programs of the Commission on Human Rights of the Philippines, it has raised the public’s awareness, knowledge and understanding of the principles and concepts of human rights. It also, more importantly, inculcated public participation in the advocacy for human rights. The public began not only to understand and protect their basic human rights but also to be vanguards of other’s human rights.
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Region 02, Philippines
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Legal Officer
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is your personal or organizational website?
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Alternative Dispute Resolution, Civil Society, Conflict Mainstreaming, Conflict Resolution, Human Rights, Internally Displaced, Peacekeeping, Rule of Law
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Communication, Evaluation, Information Technology, Monitoring, Program Implemenation, Research, Training
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
trafficking in persons, climate change, international criminal law, extrajudicial killings, refugees and internally displaced persons

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At 1:06am on August 26, 2011, Dennis Bours said…

Dear Cecilia,


Given your field of work as human rights lawyer and expertise in ADR and mediation, I would like to bring your attention to the upcoming Asia Pacific Mediation Forum (APMF) not-for-profit event; "The Asia Pacific Mediation Leadership Summit - From Talk To Action", taking place in Bangkok 2 - 4 December 2011, which brings together mediation and ADR specialists from various fields; including family mediation, commercial and workplace mediation, court-annexed mediation, conflict and community mediation, climate change and disaster response mediation and various cross-sectional themes, like for example human rights, cross-cultural dynamics and women in mediation.

Do have a look at my profile and the Mediation Summit's link (www.mediation-leadership.com) and feel free to email me or send me a message when having any questions regarding participation or collaboration.

Kind regards,

Dennis Bours

At 8:39am on August 8, 2011, Nisar Masih said…

Nice to find you in my Group please.

Love to share this quote......

When you let go of trying to get more of what you don't really need, it frees up oceans of energy to make a difference with what you have.

- Lynne Twist -

Nisar masih

At 6:08am on November 4, 2010, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…
Dear Cecilia, thank you very much to join Inspad Peace Group, we will work together for peace, coexistence and human rights and its essential needs in both countries Nepal and Pakistan.
Suggest your point of view on region how can we work in big canvos now.
Best regards.
At 5:21am on November 2, 2010, Muhammad Tahir Tabassum said…
Dear Cecilia,
Godd to know that you are a human rights advocate in Nepal. keep it up weneed your kind cooperation for human rights and peace activities in future.
At 8:42pm on October 18, 2010, SAQIB JOHN said…
hi cecilia,

keep doing work for humanity.. great job.

God bless you.
At 5:24am on July 27, 2010, Surya said…
Dear Cecilia
That's great!
Let's keep in touch and share experience,ideas and plan for the protection and promotion of human rights!
At 11:00am on July 22, 2010, Cosmos A Dinee said…
Hello Cecilia, i appreciate ur kind response. get 2 know ouselves better. 2gether we can better our world
At 10:50am on July 11, 2010, Sohail Mahmood said…
thnx for ur kind words
At 3:12pm on July 3, 2010, M.E.C.C said…
Hello Atty. Lazaro, thank you for adding me in your contacts list. :)
At 9:33am on February 10, 2010, Sofia Giranda said…
Hello Cez Lazaro. Welcome to this site. I hope we can be friend, so we can share and exchange experience related to human right, women/gender issues and others. Warm regards. Giranda Sofia

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