PNP to launch 'Know Your Rights' mobile app

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A screencap of the PNP's "Know Your Rights" mobile application from the Google Play Store.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 3) — The Philippine National Police (PNP) will launch a human rights mobile application to kick off the celebration of National Human Rights Consciousness Week.

PNP Human Rights Affairs Office (PNP-HRAO) Chief, Police Chief Superintendent Dennis Siervo said the "Know Your Rights" application aims to make people aware of the Human Rights Advisories and Policies crafted by the PNP, including the contents of the new Miranda Warning Pocket Card with Anti-Torture Reminders.

All the information can be downloaded for free on Android smartphones, and it can be accessed even without being connected to the internet, Siervo added.

The app is helpful to both policemen and civilians, Siervo said.

Once installed, it can equip PNP personnel with the right information and/or materials with which to advise citizens or persons placed under police custody of their rights under the law.

Civilians, on the other hand, can have quick and easy access to human rights advisories and policies, which provide them information on their fundamental rights as citizens and basic information on police operational procedures and rules of engagement.

The app is the PNP's public affirmation to respect, protect, and fulfill human rights, Siervo added.

Republic Act No. 9201 otherwise known as the "National Human Rights Consciousness Week Act of 2002" declares December 4 to 10 as the country's National Human Rights Consciousness Week.

The celebration culminates on December 10, which is the International Human Rights Day that commemorates the 69th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.