Internship Program Aims at a Culture
of Human Rights
Fulfilling its mandate to defend the rights of the underprivileged
the Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC), with the co-sponsorship
of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation (FNF), began another year
of its internship program. At the opening of the Basic Orientation
Seminar held in Los Baños, Laguna, on 17 April 2006,
Internship Program Director Myrfi Gonzalez said, “We
are making a commitment to build a culture of human rights.
Law students from various parts of the country are
taking part in this internship. Through the program,
freshman and sophomore law students from schools such as the
University of St. La Salle – Bacolod City, University
of St. Agustin – Iloilo City and Ateneo de Manila University
are immersed in far-flung communities and given first hand
experiences in alternative lawyering as they help address
human rights issues of the poor and marginalized.
At the end of the program, interns are expected to replicate
the program in their own schools.
“FNF supports the internship program because we believe
in its ability to transform lives -- not only for
interns but also for those of the people they interact with
We see this as a contribution to inspire change through initiating
awareness on human rights,” said FNF Senior Administrative
Officer Minnie Salao at the opening of the seminar.
The Basic Orientation Seminar not only introduced the interns
to the program, but was also a forum where interns debated
on the universality of human rights and discussed the human
rights situation in the Philippines.