UNHRC: 32 nations give call to stop killings. Ask UN Special Rapporteur to visit Manila. Investgations and accountability demanded.

UNHRC members request to stop killings. duterte-3-620x413

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Agnes Callamard who has been waging a malicious war against President Duterte and his war against drugs must be celebrating. She must be thanking her stars and rejoicing at the chance that is a godsend.

Her previous attacks on President Duterte lacked the backing of facts but this time she has support.

The 35th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) will,. The 35th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council is underway at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. It will be in session till June 23rd.

It deliberates on various aspects of the human rights situation prevailing in the world. Foremost in the sessions are reports by Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression.

As expected, the subject moved to the developments in the Philippines came up for discussion. During the deliberations, members expressed deep concern at the developments

32 members expressed their deep concern at the developments in the Philippines. They went further and expressed concern at the killings resulting from Duterte”s war on drugs.

Furthermore, they exhorted the Philippines to accept a visit by from UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard.
This is familiar territory and reeks of bias against this nation.

Only 32 countries in the world is not a sizeable number. Besides, the Philippines never stopped the UN Rapporteur from visiting. The Filipinos only pointed out the weakness of her pretexts to malign their nation.

Moreover, Agnes Callamard is famous in these parts for her biased and influenced views against the Philippines.
Another vital argument is that these 32 nations are talking of the cuff. They have no solid evidence or specific facts to back their contention.

However, their concern is of a general nature and seems to be biased.

The following nations expressed their concern:
Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece,
Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania,Luxembourg,
Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,
Switzerland and United Kingdom.

The Permanent Representative of Iceland, Högni S. Kristjánsson, read out the report on their behalf.
The statement expressed alarm over more than 7000 deaths that occurred in the past year
What caused further anguish is that the circumstances of many of these deaths are unexplained, the statement read.
The report decried the lack of investigations to pin down responsibilities for the crimes. Hence, the nation needs to follow the due course of law, the report demanded.

Here, it is pertinent to point out that the report did not elaborate on the sources of its information. Still, the report was hinting that the processes here were contrary to basic democratic safeguards and the rule of law.

Therefore, the 32 nations exhorted the Philippines to:
• Initiate measures to stop these killings immediately, and
• Ensure promptly that credible investigations are launched into all violent deaths.

Both the above points are highly debatable and reveal an unrealistic view of the uninformed.

The report asserted that there was rampant harassment, intimidation, threats and killings of human rights defenders in the Philippines.

There was a veiled reference to Duterte’s comment.
They exhorted the government of the Philippines to strongly condemn sexual violence in all forms.

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Umrao Singh
Written for: Lars-Magnus Carlsson.
Saturday, June 10, 2017