Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Jul 11 19, 5:06 pm

Netizens express dismay over Boracay flooding

DUBAI: Apparently dismayed at the state the world-famous Boracay Island has fallen with the onset of the rainy season, netizens took to social media posting photos of what appeared to be widespread flooding caused by hampered by ongoing road repairs. According to...

Sony gets patent for video-recording contact lens

DUBAI: Move over James Bond. Roll over Ethan Mathew Hunt. That eye gear you’re wearing will soon be on the market and the rest of us can have it, too! Tech giant, Sony has recently been awarded patent for an eye contact lens that as tech media, CNET puts it, “can be...

UN human rights body OKs probe on PH ‘drug war’

by | News

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.

Jobs

Editors Choice

Dubai bus crash driver gets 7-yr prison term, to pay Dh3.4M

Dubai bus crash driver gets 7-yr prison term, to pay Dh3.4M

The bus driver in the horrific road crash that killed 17 passengers has been sentenced to seven years' imprisonment and was ordered to pay Dh3.4 million compensation to the families of the victims. The 53-year-old Omani driver will pay Dh200,000 in blood money to each...

The Pinoy twang. Do you have it?

The Pinoy twang. Do you have it?

DUBAI: Filipino, according to some experts, is the most accent-neutral language, reason why the Philippines has replaced India as the “Call Center Capital” of the world. Philippine outsourcing revenue from call centers surged 160 percent to an estimated $23 billion in...

UAE Pinoys, 3rd top money senders

UAE Pinoys, 3rd top money senders

DUBAI: Overseas Filipino workers (OFW) sent home the third biggest remittances among other expatriates working in the UAE last year. Filipino workers in the UAE sent Dh3.2 billion or around 7.9 percent of the entire remittances from the emirates. This is the third...

LOOK: Cargo vessel capsizes off San Fernando, Cebu

LOOK: Cargo vessel capsizes off San Fernando, Cebu

A cargo vessel capsized off SEDC Port in San Fernando, Cebu at around 4:40 pm, Tuesday, June 25. All of its 12 crew were rescued by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG)-Central Visayas. Lt. Jr. Grade Michael John Encina, spokesman of the Philippine Coast Guard in Central...

Netizens express dismay over Boracay flooding

DUBAI: Apparently dismayed at the state the world-famous Boracay Island has fallen with the onset of the rainy season, netizens took to social media posting photos of what appeared to be widespread flooding caused by hampered by ongoing road repairs. According to...

Sony gets patent for video-recording contact lens

DUBAI: Move over James Bond. Roll over Ethan Mathew Hunt. That eye gear you’re wearing will soon be on the market and the rest of us can have it, too! Tech giant, Sony has recently been awarded patent for an eye contact lens that as tech media, CNET puts it, “can be...

UST’s Marvin Lee to train eyes on MPBL

MANILA, Philippines – The UST Growling Tigers’ veteran point guard Marvin Lee is now set to sit out Season 82 of UAAP men's basketball this year with eyes focused on MPBL. According to a Rappler report, head coach Aldin Ayo has advised Lee to turn his focus to the...

Ateneo reclaims UAAP men’s football crown

MANILA, Philippines –Ateneo clinched a 2-1 victory over archrival La Salle to take back the crown in the UAAP Season 81 men's football tournament at the Rizal Memorial Stadium. The Green Archers had looked to end a 21-year title drought after rookie Mohammad Almohjili...

Recent posts

We listed over 1,000,000 jobs from United Arab Emirates monthly.

Accomodation option available in the market.

Latest News
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter and never miss a thing. No spam. Only hand-picked trending news.

THE FILIPINO TIMES is the biggest and most trusted Filipino newspaper in the UAE.

It has a print run of 60,000 copies and 250,000 readership per week; bolstered by 1 million visitors to its website every month. It also has an e-newsletter sent to its 250,000 subscribers every day.

The Filipino Times is FREE and has the widest targeted circulation across the 7 emirates of the UAE.

With more than 2,500 strategic distribution spots, TFT is available where the Filipinos are - at Smart Bus Shelters, Metro Stations, restaurants, supermarkets, schools, airport lounges, Emirates and Etihad Philippine-bound flights, churches, Filipino community events and many more.

THE FILIPINO TIMES. We are where the Filipinos are.

FOLLOW US

SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTER

THE FILIPINO TIMES is the biggest and most trusted Filipino newspaper in the UAE.

It has a print run of 60,000 copies and 250,000 readership per week; bolstered by 1 million visitors to its website every month. It also has an e-newsletter sent to its 250,000 subscribers every day.

The Filipino Times is FREE and has the widest targeted circulation across the 7 emirates of the UAE.

With more than 2,500 strategic distribution spots, TFT is available where the Filipinos are - at Smart Bus Shelters, Metro Stations, restaurants, supermarkets, schools, airport lounges, Emirates and Etihad Philippine-bound flights, churches, Filipino community events and many more.

THE FILIPINO TIMES. We are where the Filipinos are.

FOLLOW US

SIGN UP FOR NEWSLETTER

© 2018 The Filipino Times. All rights reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter

Join our mailing list to receive the latest news and updates from our team.

You have Successfully Subscribed!

More in News
More than 1,000 bikes confiscated in Sharjah
Published On  July 11, 2019
Emirates Post warns against free cellphone scam
Published On  July 11, 2019
Old man dies after being hit by van; driver suffers high blood attack
Published On  July 11, 2019
Close