CHR to Malacañang: Stop attacks on human rights defenders

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Manila slams UN rights chief

CHR ended its statement by saying that due process must never be compromised in the investigation and prosecution of the cases, and that if the government makes sure that all human rights are observed, global communities would not need to conduct these probes. They are coming here.

"Relevant sides of the worldwide community, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, shall respect the sovereignty of the Philippines and the will of its people, view the outcomes of the Philippines' fight against drug and terrorism in a comprehensive, unbiased and objective way, and support its efforts to move forward its human rights cause in light of its national conditions", China Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said Monday in a press briefing in Beijing.

This latest vulgar outburst against the worldwide human rights officials comes a day after UN High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called for a "psychiatric evaluation" of the Philippines' leader.

"These human rights [people] are dumb", Duterte added.

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The Philippines welcomed a United Nations investigation into Duterte's signature war on drugs but objected to Callamard leading it, saying she was biased and not qualified. Do you have crocodiles here, the ones that really eat humans? "I said [to drug syndicates] do not destroy my country, or my city for that matter, because I will kill you". "These attacks can not go unanswered, the United Nations".

The outspoken leader, who is accused of stoking the killing of drug suspects with inflammatory statements, has fiercely pushed back since the Philippines became the first southeast Asian nation put under "preliminary examination" by the court's prosecutors.

"This kind of comment is unacceptable, unacceptable".

"It is apparent that the ICC is being utilized as a political tool against the Philippines", Duterte said in a statement, adding the ICC examination was "unduly and maliciously created".

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Critics said Duterte in his public pronouncements ordered or encouraged policemen to kill those involved in drug trafficking, resulting in thousands of alleged extrajudicial killings.

The Commission on Human Rights on Tuesday, March 14, urged the Philippine government to stop its attacks on human rights bodies and defenders.

Zeid said Duterte's attacks against UN special rapporteurs can not go unanswered and the UN Human Rights Council must take a position. "As in the case of UN Special Rapporteurs, investigations are opportunities to clarify and collaborate in pursuit of better protection and promotion of human rights on the ground", it stressed.

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