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Dinidiin si Duterte! UN rights council OKs probe on drug war killings

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The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) adopted on Thursday (July 11) a resolution launching an investigation on the deaths that occurred over the course of the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.

The resolution, introduced by Iceland, was adopted by 18 countries out of the 47-member forum in Geneva.

Fourteen countries, including China, opposed the resolution while 15 abstained.

The resolution called on UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet to write a comprehensive report on the human rights situation in the Philippines and present it to the council.

It also called on the government to “take all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, to carry out impartial investigations and to hold perpetrators accountable, in accordance with international norms and standards, including on due process and the rule of law.”

The resolution likewise urged the Philippine government to cooperate with UN offices and mechanisms by paving the way for country visits and refraining from doing “acts of intimidation or retaliation.”

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