UN team of 18 human rights experts set to arrive in PH

  • A UN team of 18 human rights experts will arrive in the Philippines to study the state of human rights in the country
  • DFA spokesman Charles Jose said the visit has nothing to do with President Duterte’s challenge to the UN, European Union (EU) and U.S. President Barack Obama to investigate the alarmingly high number of drug-related killings since he launched an  all-out war on illegal drugs
  • Malacañang said it is ready to cooperate with representatives of the United Nations (UN) who will visit the Philippines to look into the drug-related killings

The United Nations (UN) is set to send an 18-man team to the Philippines on September 28 and 29 to study the state of human rights in the country.

This was announced by Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) spokesman Charles Jose as he cleared that the UN visit has nothing to do with President Rodrigo Duterte’s challenge to the UN, European Union (EU) and U.S. President Barack Obama to investigate the alarmingly high number of drug-related killings since he launched an  all-out war on illegal drugs.

As emphasized by Jose,  the UN team will review the human rights situation in the Philippines but will not touch the issue of extrajudicial killings (EJKs), an article published by Coconuts Manila mentioned.

Furthermore, the DFA spokesman said they are still studying and waiting for further instructions from the Chief Executive regarding the said invitation for the investigation of EJKs in the country.

To clarify speculations, Jose disclosed that the visit does not imply anything but is treated as a “regular thing” since the Philippines is one of the 164 signatories of the UN’s International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR).

He cited that all states in the covenant are subject to regular reviews by the UN committee.

Following claims that the administration is imposing restrictions on the probe, Malacañang said it is ready to cooperate with representatives of the United Nations (UN) who will visit the Philippines to look into the drug-related killings.

 

 

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