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DFA ready to face UN in Geneva

  • Written by Cristina Lee-Pisco
  • Published in Nation
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THE Philippines is ready to explain to the United Nations in Geneva the killings linked to the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs.

Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said the Philippine Ambassador to Geneva has prepared a statement to explain the alleged human rights violations in relation to the government's fight against drug trafficking.

“We are given one day to respond to it so ready na tayo to give our statement once nag-open ang session, sa Geneva time,” Jose said.

He said the Duterte administration is not condoning extrajudicial killings.

President Rodrigo Duterte in fact has ordered the summary executions be investigated.

Reports said that since July 1 to Sept. 14, a total of 3,077 summary executions have been recorded.
On Tuesday, Duterte was among those singled out by the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights for speaking against and opposing human rights institutions and investigations.
High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, during the 33rd session of the Human Rights Council hit Duterte regarding his earlier comments about the UN and human rights violations allegedly perpetrated in relation to the administration's war against drugs.
“The President of the Philippines’s statements of scorn for international human rights law display a striking lack of understanding of our human rights institutions and the principles which keep societies safe,” he said
Al Hussein pointed out that “fair and impartial rule of law is the foundation of public confidence and security” and that “Empowering police forces to shoot to kill any individual whom they claim to suspect of drug crimes, with or without evidence, undermines justice.”