THE head of the United Nations Human Rights Council has criticized President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to the police against cooperating with any rapporteur who might conduct an investigation into the government’s war on illegal drugs.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein mentioned Duterte’s order in his annual report presented during the 37th Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Wednesday, March 7.
He also criticized the “continued vilification” of Agnes Callamard, the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings (EJKs).
“I deplore the President Duterte’s statement last week to élite police units that they should not cooperate “when it comes to human rights, or whoever rapporteur it is” and the continued vilification of this Council’s Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial killings by the authorities,” he said.
#Philippines: "I deplore President Duterte’s statement this week that they should not cooperate ‘When it comes to human rights, or whoever rapporteur it is’ & the continued vilification of @AgnesCallamard » - #Zeid https://t.co/T49r29dgvr #HRC37 #StandUp4HumanRights @UN_HRC— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) March 7, 2018