Michelle Bachelet supports call for action against Philippines anti-drug carnage

World | 24 Jun 2019 5:35 pm

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet said today her office is following the situation of human rights in the Philippines very closely.

"The extraordinarily high number of deaths – and persistent reports of extrajudicial killings – in the context of campaigns against drug use continue. Even the officially confirmed number of 5,425 deaths would be a matter of most serious concern for any country,'' Bachelet said 

"I welcome the recent statement by Special Rapporteurs calling for action by the council. There should also be comprehensive and transparent information from the authorities on the circumstances around the deaths, and investigations related to allegations of violations. These could dispel any false allegations and help regain trust for the authorities. 

"Human rights defenders, including activists for land rights and the rights of indigenous peoples; journalists; lawyers; members of the Catholic clergy; and others who have spoken out – notably the Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples – have received threats, sometimes publicly, from senior Government officials. This creates a very real risk of violence against them, and undermines rule of law, as well as the right to freedom of expression.''

 

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