UN Human Rights Council votes to probe Philippines drug war deaths

UN To Investigate Philippines' Antidrug War

The United Nations Human Rights Commission resolution against the Philippines merely dramatizes how useless the global body and its members are.

A resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights council on Thursday, which passed narrowly by four votes, authorised the United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, to examine evidence of thousands of deaths at the hands of the police and so called "death squads". 'It can not, in good conscience, abide by it.

"We will not accept a politically partisan and one-sided resolution, so detached from the truth on the ground, " Mr. Locsin said in a statement.

He told news channel ANC that Duterte would permit United Nations investigators to conduct a probe in his country "if he finds the objective legitimate".

The measure, presented by Iceland, cites allegations of thousands of killings since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a campaign against illegal drugs in mid-2016.

The resolution calls for U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet to complete a report on the situation in the Philippines in a year's time and urges the Asian archipelago nation to "take all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, to carry out impartial investigations and to hold perpetrators accountable, in accordance with global norms and standards, including on due process and the rule of law".

Panelo insisted that countries that voted in favor of the UNHRC resolution "just relied on these false narratives" as he explained that deaths in legitimate police operations are well documented by authorities.

Carlos Conde, Philippine researcher for the Human Rights Watch Asia division, meanwhile defended the resolution as an attempt to put to rest issues surrounding the country's human rights situation.

About 6,600 people, a lot of them accused of petty drug crimes, have been killed in the crackdown that Duterte launched as his centerpiece project when he took office in mid-2016. "There will be consequences, far-reaching consequences".

The measure's passage earned the condemnation of the Philippine government. 'To that responsibility, my president has made an ... unwavering and total commitment, and it will not be weakened by this ill-fated resolution, he added.

"I am asking the human rights people". They fired off memorandums to diplomatic missions in Geneva challenging the initiative as an abuse of Human Rights Council procedures and a bad use of resources.

"This vote provides hope for thousands of bereaved families in the Philippines", Amnesty International said in a statement. 'This war on drugs, as we have repeatedly said, it's a sham war, he told a news briefing yesterday in Geneva.

NGOs denounce that the police terrorize poor communities, using "checklists" to identify drug addicts or drug dealers with the help of informants, and then raid the homes of suspects.

Myca Ulpina, a 3-year-old killed on June 29 near Manila, was among the latest and youngest known victims. Police said they will investigate her killing, CNN affiliate CNN Philippines reported.

Duterte told reporters in Manila on Thursday that he would "review" the report once ready.

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