Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) launched Saturday at the Bantayog ng mga Bayani in Quezon City a new organization to defend human rights in Metro Manila. PAHRA launched the Human Rights Defenders – National Capital Region. Human Rights Defenders is a program initiated by the United Nations to help local communities form their own groups to monitor the human rights situation in their areas. According to PAHRA, there are many cases of human rights violations in the Philippines but the evidence to prosecute these violations in courts are lacking. Through training seminars and legal assistance, the organization hopes to be able to instruct the local communities on the standard operating procedures when recording violations of human rights.