The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL

About Us

The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers


The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers was founded September 15, 2007 as a nationwide association of human rights lawyers as well as law students, paralegals and legal workers in the Philippines united by a commitment to the defense, protection, and promotion of human rights especially of the poor and the oppressed.


The clientele of the NUPL are the marginalized and oppressed sectors – farmers, workers, fisherfolk, urban poor, women, youth, students, children, migrant workers, indigenous peoples, Moro people, minority groups, political activists and human rights defenders.


The NUPL is oriented towards the active defense, protection and promotion of human rights covering the peoples’ civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights, including the advocacy and assertion of their inherent right to self-determination.


The NUPL was organized to provide mechanisms for collaboration, coordination, assistance and facilitation of legal services in the local and national levels. As a frontline advocacy, the NUPL is united and committed to render competent legal services, with the use of one’s legal education, skills, training, knowledge and experience, to the marginalized sectors for upholding and promoting their rights and freedoms.


The NUPL is an affiliate of the International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL), which has consultative status with the United Nations. It also has linkages with various international human rights lawyers organizations,including the Confederation of Lawyers in Asia in the Pacific (COLAP).

Aims And Objectives

To render concrete, specific, prompt, and competent legal services to victims of violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights particularly the poor and oppressed, and to facilitate and coordinate the rendition of such services.
To vigorously, systematically and aggressively prepare, file, prosecute and pursue all kinds of cases, complaints, investigations, and lobbying against suspected perpetrators of such violations.

To maximize and rationalize the practical use of existing judicial, quasi-judicial and other legal fora and remedies in the national and international levels, including the mechanisms arising out of the peace process, for the defense, protection and promotion of human rights
To campaign, advocate and lobby for the liberties, freedoms and rights of the Filipino people as well as those of other peoples of the world.

To share concrete experiences in handling human rights cases and come up with specific recommendations and mechanisms to help ensure the defense, promotion and protection of human rights and to substantially contribute to the removal of impunity for violations therefor.
To share concrete experiences in handling human rights cases and come up with specific recommendations and mechanisms to help ensure the defense, promotion and protection of human rights and to substantially contribute to the removal of impunity for violations therefor.

To promote human rights lawyering as a viable professional alternative, provide venues to conduct research and for professional and political education, development, cooperation and mutual support for its members.
To link up, establish and maintain professional and solidarity linkages with other national and international individuals, groups or organizations.

NUPL Programs

Legal Services Program

Provide competent legal service to victims of human rights violations.

Campaigns and Advocacy Program

Utilize major national, international and sectoral legal issues as entry point in public policy advocacy.

Education and Research Program

Conduct resesearch and documentation of relevent sectoral, national and international issues.

Organization and Expansion Program

Promote human rights lawyering as a real, alternative law practice and conduct activities for consolidation and development of NUPL.

Protection and Welfare of Lawyers Program

Conduct activities for the promotion and protection of the welfare of lawyers under attact and their families.

International Solidarity Program

Link up and establish professional and solidarity relations with international individuals, group or organizations of lawyer and non-lawyer.

NUPL Officer

Atty. Neri Javier Colmenares

Chairperson.

Atty. Edre U. Olalia

President


Atty. Ephraim Cortez

Secretary General

Grace Saguinsin

Deputy Secretary General

Atty. Rachel Pastores

Treasurer:

Atty. Edgar Carmona

Auditor

Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate

Advisers to the NUPL Board

Prosecutor Alfonso Cinco IV

Advisers to the NUPL Board

Assistant Secretaries General


Atty. Maria Cristina Yambot-Tanseco

Public Information Officer
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