CHR rebukes Mocha, blogger over sign language mockery

The Commission on Human Rights rebuked Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson and blogger Drew Olivar for posting a video online ridiculing sign language.

In a statement, the CHR reminded Uson and Olivar that sign language is for individuals with hearing and speech impairments.

The CHR stressed their actuations were “degrading, derogatory and further perpetuates discrimination of the vulnerable deaf people.”

“Making a mockery of this right is an attack on their dignity and makes them even more vulnerable in our society where only a few understand their mode of communication,” it said.

“Government officials should be the first in promoting and protecting the rights of persons with disabilities, not the violator of their rights. It needs to be underscored that public officials must adhere to the highest standards of conduct especially when it comes to the vulnerable sectors of society,” CHR said.

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