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Jul. 11, 19 | 5:06 pm

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted Thursday a resolution calling for the Philippines to allow the UN to look into the reported extrajudicial killings perpetrated during President Duterte’s war on drugs.

Of the 47-member council present in Geneva, 18 countries voted in favor of the adoption of the Resolution #41, initiated by Iceland and endorsed by the entire European Union. Only 14 countries including China, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain voted against the resolution while 15 others, including Japan, abstained.

The Iceland resolution noted that “since the campaign against illegal drugs was announced in the Philippines in mid-2016, there have been allegations of the killing of the thousands of people allegedly involved in the drug trade and drug use.”

It urged the Philippine government to take “all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, to carry out impartial investigations and to hold perpetrators accountable.”

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is then requested to prepare a comprehensive written report on the situation in the Philippines on June 2020.

The Council called Manila to cooperate with the UN High Commissioner, including facilitating country visits as well as “preventing and refraining from all acts of intimidation or retaliation.”  

Ambassador Evan Ralph Garcia, Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, slammed the resolution saying it is based on mere allegations, “politically motivated,” and abuses the processes of the Council.

He asked the Council to vote ‘No,’ saying such measure would lead to “further polarization and politicization.”
 
In a statement, New York-based Human Rights Watch said this development is ‘crucial’ for holding the Philippine government accountable for the said killings. 

“The Human Rights Council resolution to the Philippines is a modest but vital measure,” said Laila Matar, deputy director at Human Rights Watch. “It signals the start of accountability for thousands of ‘drug war’-related killings and other abuses, and will provide hope to countless survivors and families of victims.”

According to Human Rights Watch, the result of the report may serve as “basis for further action if the situation in the Philippines does not improve or those responsible for abuses go unpunished. 

The group likewise asked for the close monitoring of the Philippines and to “take urgent action as necessary”.

Last week, the Palace has already warned about the passage of this resolution, saying it would interfere with Philippine sovereignty.

Two days ago, Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. said a successful passage of this resolution would mean “a bonus” for all those who work for it from drug cartels.

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