PH anti-drug war protects human rights — Cayetano to UN

PH anti-drug war protects human rights — Cayetano to UN”

It then quoted Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano, who is in NY to attend the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, as saying: "The final adoption of our UPR Report during the 36th Regular Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva demonstrates that the Philippines has nothing to hide with its human rights record".

"Without security, the most basic human rights, to life and safety, are constantly under attack - from terrorism, criminality, drug and human trafficking", he added.

"If the Department of Foreign Affairs intends to show its sincerity to the global community with regards to the State's human rights obligations it must now take steps to operationalize President Duterte's invitation to allow long-term human rights monitors into the country and ensure that the costs of maintaining the same are adequately provided for", he said.

"It is important that all cases of death should be promptly and effectively investigated in an impartial and transparent manner, which ensures appropriate prosecution of those responsible", the European Union said in its statement "Item 4: Human Rights Situations that require the Council's attention" delivered before the UNHRC.

"The Philippines has committed to fully accept 103 out of the 257 recommendations that we received during the Third Philippine Universal Periodic Review in Geneva", Abella reported.

It also pointed out that the administration can not influence the Congress' deliberations on the reimposition of death penalty and the lowering of criminal liability.

United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard has also repeatedly slammed the government's bloody war on drugs.

But the delegations of the United States and United Kingdom expressed concern over the continued killings. "We call on the government to reconsider", CHR commissioner Karen Dumpit said.

"The Philippines integrates the human rights agenda in its development initiatives for the objective of protecting everyone, especially the most vulnerable, from lawlessness, violence and anarchy", Cayetano said in his first appearance on the world stage.

"We should never tolerate human rights abuses".

"The Philippines had sufficiently explained that deaths which occurred in the course of the implementation of the anti-illegal drugs campaign are not EJKs", the country said in a statement.

"We urge the government to conduct thorough and transparent investigations into all reports of extrajudicial killings, and to ensure that all investigative and enforcement efforts are conducted in a manner that respect and ensure human rights for all and uphold the rule of law", it said.

This has been a farcical display of fraudulence, overbearance, and outright misrepresentation of the situation.

"The Duterte regime and its representatives are shameless in using such a platform to promote distorted facts", she said.

"Or at the very least, is it too much to ask for the benefit of the doubt?"

"The Philippines integrates the human rights agenda in its development initiatives for the objective of protecting everyone, especially the most vulnerable, from lawlessness, violence, and anarchy", said Secretary for Foreign Affairs Alan Peter Cayetano during the annual high-level debate.

Protesters light candles and hold banners calling for an end to drug war killings in the Philippines.

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