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Philippines Stays in Rights Council, Despite Deadly Drug Crackdown

The Philippines has been elected to the U.N. Human Rights Council, boosting President Rodrigo Duterte's reputation after two years of criticism of hitman-style killings in his country's crackdown on illegal drugs. Rights groups opposed the country's bid, saying it has no business joining the council, which calls out rights abuses. Duterte, elected in 2016, has openly challenged U.N. special rapporteurs worried about conditions in the Philippines. Earlier this year, his government withdrew from the statute behind the International Criminal Court as the court was checking accusations that Duterte and other officials had committed crimes against humanity in the anti-drug campaign. But Duterte has allowed the Philippine government's own Commission on Human Rights to check reports of up to 12,000 extrajudicial killings, including minors, at the hands of police trying to throttle the drug trade. Duterte has also approved "reforms" for the rights of common Filipinos, his foreign secretary says. "It's rather strange it's applying for another U.N. body which also discusses human rights," said Maria Ela Atienza, political science professor at the University of the Philippines Diliman. "It also shows that in a sense there are different voices in the Philippine government." Election Oct. 12 The Philippines renewed its seat along with Bahrain, Bangladesh, Fiji and India. With the number of candidates equal to the number of openings, the countries do not compete, but U.N. members have the right to vote against any applicant for the three-year term. Manila joins eight other existing members, including China and Japan. The council investigates allegations of human rights breaches in U.N. member countries, following issues such as freedom of expression, women's rights and the rights of ethnic minorities. Advocacy groups have criticized the council previously for letting in countries with what they describe as poor human rights records. Last year, for example, the advocacy... If you wish to read this full breaking news headline, plus more articles from around Thailand and Asia like, Philippines Stays in Rights Council, Despite Deadly Drug Crackdown, simply click on 'Read full story' below, but 1st please give us a 'LIKE' or 'SHARE' before you leave. Thank you Philippines Stays in Rights Council, Despite Deadly Drug Crackdown

 

 

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Published By: VOA NEWS - Friday, 12 October, 2018

 

 

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