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The UN is investigating a key US ally for a brutal drug war that’s killed an estimated 27,000 people


Activists wear hoods depicting families of victims killed in President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war as Duterte delivers his State of the Nation address in Quezon city, Metro Manila, in Philippines July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

The UN’s Human Rights Council voted Thursday to investigate human rights abuses in the Philippines’ war on drugs, championed by President Rodrigo Duterte. As many as 27,000 people have died in extrajudicial killings, human rights advocates say.
Filipino politicians blasted the move; Teodoro Locsin, the Philippines’ Secretary of Foreign Affairs, tweeted Thursday that the resolution is “unenforceable because as I told the UN there is no power on earth that can enforce a multilateral judgment on a country with an armed forces.”
The vote paves the way for tougher action in the future, if the Philippines continues to wage a brutal war on drugs.
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The UN’s Human Rights Council voted Thursday to pass a resolution to investigate the Philippines for its human rights abuses, particularly the drug war led by President Rodrigo Duterte, where as many as 27,000 people have died in extrajudicial killings.

Iceland proposed the resolution; 18 countries voted for it, with 14 against and 15 abstaining, Al Jazeera reported. Representatives from the Philippines and China opposed the measure, criticizing it as politically motivated.

“The resolution expresses concern over allegations of human rights violations in the Philippines, particularly those involving extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and detention, as well as intimidation and persecution of human rights defenders and others,” according to a statement released by the Icelandic government.

The resolution calls for the government of the Philippines to prevent extrajudicial killings and hold to account those responsible. It also seeks to ensure that the government of the Philippines cooperates with UN inspectors investigating human rights abuses. Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, is to prepare a report on the state of human rights in the Philippines by June 2020. The New York Times reported that the findings of Bachelet’s report could lead to more serious action if human rights abuses continue.

“This report provides an opportunity for all stakeholders, including the government, to assess the current state of human rights in the country and in particular to get clarity around the contested facts, figures and circumstances,” a spokesperson from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights told INSIDER.

Read more: Philippines senator who led the country’s brutal war on drugs apologized for saying ‘s— happens’ after a toddler was shot dead on a raid

Filipino leaders have signaled they won’t cooperate with the UN investigation.

“We will not tolerate any form of disrespect or acts of bad faith. There will be consequences, far-reaching consequences,” Philippines Ambassador Evan Garcia said after the vote, according to Reuters.

Teodoro Locsin, the Philippines’ Secretary of Foreign Affairs, tweeted Thursday that the resolution, put forth by Iceland, is “unenforceable because as I told the UN there is no power on earth that can enforce a multilateral judgment on a country with an armed forces.”

Here is our response to the Geneva vote, and at that a minority vote: it is individually, severally and collectively unenforceable because as I told the …read more

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