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The Philippines starts to educate judges about LGBT issues

in PHILIPPINES, 08/09/2012

The focus group concluded that sexual orientation and gender identity should be included in judges’ training for family courts, international law and commercial courts. And best practices on LGBT issues should be published and distributed to judges.  

The Philippine Judicial Academy (PHILJA), supported by the overseas program of the United States Department of Justice Criminal Division, hosted a focus group about how and what judges should know about LGBT issues.

PHILJA’s chancellor, former Supreme Court judge Adolfo Azcuna, said the initiative was important because judges often have to rule on cases that affect the dignity and equality of LGBT people.

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