CHR calls on PH gov'n to uphold duty on human rights transparency

CHR calls on PH gov'n to uphold duty on human rights transparency

On Saturday, Duterte again defended his and law enforcers' rights not to cooperate with the UN-led probe into alleged abuses and extrajudicial killings in the country.

"I reiterate the United Nations is an organization consisting of states and as such all UN officials can not deal with elected leaders of member nations in a manner that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights did", he added.

Mr Duterte's war on drugs has caused worldwide alarm and fierce criticism from some UN rapporteurs and officials, including UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, who on Friday said Mr Duterte should submit himself for a psychiatric examination.

"The Commission, however, notes that expressions of concern on the human rights situation in the country should not be construed as partiality". Are there crocodiles here that eat people?

"The UN Human Rights Council must take a position".

"If you answer their questions, it will be freewheeling, it is recorded", he said.

Roque came to Duterte's defense after the latter, in a speech delivered in Zamboanga City on March 10, threatened United Nations special rapporteurs who will conduct an investigation into his bloody war on drugs to "throw them to the crocodiles".

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"These attacks can not go unanswered".

Defending the Filipino leader, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said anyone without bias can see that President Duterte has made "positive efforts since assuming office to combat drug-related crimes as well as terrorism, develop the national economy, and improve people's livelihood, which have effectively protected and promoted the Philippine people's fundamental rights to security and development".

"The UN Human Rights Special Procedures which includes the Special Rapporteurs, are entited to immunities and protection as experts of the UN system".

"This kind of comment is unacceptable, unacceptable". "I take full responsibility", Mr Duterte said.

But even as early as October 13, 2016, when Duterte had only been in office less than four months, the ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said in a statement that she was "deeply concerned" over reports of extra-judicial killings of over 3,000 alleged drug users and pushers.

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He then said he would prefer a firing squad to prison.He has recently changed his tune, telling security forces not to cooperate should there be any worldwide investigation.

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