July 20, 2018, 2:17 pm
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Cayetano says UNHRC members misinformed

FOREIGN Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano yesterday chided 38 countries that reiterated their call for the Duterte administration to end killings in connection with its crackdown on illegal drugs and to cooperate with international bodies in probing alleged human rights abuses.

In a statement issued from New York where he is presiding a command conference of Filipino diplomats from the Americas, Cayetano said it seems those countries are not actually interested in getting to know the truth on the human rights situation in the Philippines and are more intent on using the issue as a political weapon against the Duterte administration.

“We regret that Iceland and several other countries maintained their position despite our offer for them to visit the Philippines and objectively assess the human rights situation, especially at the community level,” Cayetano said.

He added that he even invited Iceland Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson to visit the country to see for himself the human rights situation.

“Unfortunately, it seems our friends are not really interested in arriving at the truth and would rather rely on the misinformation being fed to them by parties that have politicized and weaponized human rights. Politics is politics but politicizing human rights endangers lives,” he said.

The 38 nations, including the United States before it left the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR), were led by the United Kingdom, Iceland, Australia and France in criticizing Manila at the general debate of the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council last June 19 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Joining the call were Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Macedonia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and Ukraine.

The UNHRC, which has 47 member-states including the Philippines, is holding its 38th Session from June 18 to July 6.

Apart from calling for an end to killings associated with the anti-drug crackdown, the said states also called on Manila to stop harassing human rights defenders, the Commission on Human Rights and members of the media.

The latest statement of the said countries basically reiterated their call on the Philippines during the UNHRC session in September last year and in March this year, with Iceland drafting the statement.

It was Thordarson last March who urged the UNHRC to take further actions into investigations of alleged human rights violations in the Philippines in the conduct of the anti-drug war of the Duterte administration.

Thordarson also urged the Philippines to allow UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard to visit without any precondition or limitation so she could conduct an objective assessment of the human rights situation in the country.

The Philippine Mission to the United Nations in Geneva belittled the joint statement, saying that some countries who signed the joint statement are actually facing rising xenophobia and anti-immigrant sentiments in their respective homelands.

“We are shocked by the persistent abusive and inhumane treatment of asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, whether legal or otherwise, their lack of inclusion in society and their oftentimes woefully limited access to all kinds of services,” Philippine Permanent Representative Evan Garcia said.

In exercising Manila’s right of reply during the general debate, Garcia cited numerous reports of exploitation of migrants under conditions of great vulnerability.

“We remind countries that have such severe shortcomings, including the United Kingdom and Australia, that the Philippines has preferred to engage with them in a positive manner, whether bilaterally or multilaterally,” Garcia said, citing as examples the Global Forum for Migration and Development and in the ongoing negotiations for the Global Compact on Migration.

“This is in stark contrast with the needlessly confrontational attitude they have taken in the Human Rights Council,” he added.

He noted that developing countries are hosting 80 percent of the world’s refugees today.

“It is a shame for developed countries to keep their eyes shut to this growing concern. The Philippines, a developing country even with its more than 100 million population, has been doing its small part in sharing the global burden of the protection of refugees, asylum-seekers, stateless persons and other persons of concern,” Garcia pointed out.

He said despite the criticism, the Philippines remains a responsible member of the Council.

“We are respectful of our international human rights obligations. We remain a free, dynamic and democratic society. There is no basis, therefore, for the Council to be concerned with the situation in the Philippines,” Garcia further said.

The Philippine National Police reiterated that it has no policy of outright killing of drug users and pushers during anti-illegal drugs operations.

PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Benigno Durana Jr. said police operatives consider all suspects innocent but a number of suspects engage the raiding team, which trigger a firefight.

Just last week, Senior Insp. Michael Angelo Tubana, chief of police of Mallig town in Isabela province, was killed by two suspected drug pushers, one of whom was a minor, in a buy-bust operation. More than 80 other policemen were killed in similar police operations in the past.

“In the same vein that drug enforcers have also the right to defend themselves while in the performance of their duty, including use of appropriate force to effect arrests of usually armed and drug-crazed suspects,” Durana said.

He said police operative have been constantly reminded to respect human rights. – With Raymond Africa
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