UN Human Rights Council votes to probe Philippines drug war deaths

UN Human Rights Council votes to probe Philippines drug war deaths

The UN Human Rights Council on July 11 ordered the human rights office to present a comprehensive report as it expressed concerns about human rights violations in the Philippines.

In the said resolution, it was also stated that the Philippines government shall cooperate with the United Nations investigators and refrain "from all acts of intimidation or retaliation".

"We are fortunate enough to enjoy human rights in Iceland, which we take for granted", Thordarson later said in an interview with mbl.is, an Icelandic news organization.

Referring to frequent criticism that he publicly gave police orders to kill, he said there was nothing wrong with protecting his country. "We need a human rights approach to fighting crime", Callamard went on.

This as the Philippines has rejected a resolution approved by the global body that sought a comprehensive report on the country's human rights situation, including alleged extrajudicial killings in the government's drug war.

So far, CHR is investigating some 1,500 cases of alleged extrajudicial killings.

Philippine top diplomat Teodoro "Teddyboy" Locsin Jr. said the resolution will have no effect.

Fourteen countries rejected the resolution while 15 abstained from voting.

While the resolution did not establish a full commission of enquiry, as many activists had hoped it would, the green light for Bachelet to begin investigations is the council's strongest condemnation of Duterte's actions yet and could have severe consequences. Since taking the seat left vacant when the United States withdrew from the council past year, Iceland has actively supported several contentious resolutions that many other nations have avoided for fear of retaliation by powerful states. "We will not accept a politically partisan and one-sided resolution so detached from the truth on the ground".

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"It reeks of nauseating politics completely devoid of respect for the sovereignty of our country, even as it is bereft of the gruesome realities of the drug menace".

During the council sessions, representatives of each country, including those from the Philippines, are provided with opportunities to make their statements and arguments according to a provided schedule.

"The Duterte presidency is not cowed or weakened by such resolution".

The bishop said it is only fitting that the worldwide body look into the controversial campaign of the government against illegal drugs.

United Nations human rights experts called last month for an investigation into the "staggering number" of extrajudicial killings, which the Philippines' human rights commission has estimated could run to more than 27,000.

The local human rights agency said government officials should cooperate with the council rather than threaten it.

Duterte's spokesperson, Salvador Panelo, said on Friday that Iceland had introduced a resolution "based on false information, bogus news", and relied on narratives of the President's opponents and biased media.

We need investigation into all the killings.

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