CHR not in favor of testing

The Commission on Human Rights on Thursday cautioned the government that the random drug testing of the youth recently ordered by President Gloria Arroyo may violate the human rights of a child.

The President’s order covered high school and college students in public and private schools. It came simultaneously with President Arroyo naming herself as anti-drug czar.

Commission Chairman Leila de Lima, said the basic human rights of the child against self-incrimination; the right of the child to be protected in his person, effects and correspondence; and the right of the child against unlawful searches and seizures are immediately compromised by carrying out a random drug-testing campaign.

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