The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Sunday lashed back at Iceland and several
other countries who earlier called on the Philippines to cooperate in assessing the human
rights situation in the country.
In a statement sent from New York, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano scored
the member-states of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for “insisting on
their biased and unfounded criticism of Manila’s human rights record.”
“We regret that Iceland and several other countries maintained their position despite our offer
for them to visit the Philippines and objectively asses the human rights situation, especially at the
community level,” Cayetano said.
Iceland’s foreign minister earlier urged the UNHRC to take further initiatives in the investigation
of human rights violations in the Philippines in connection with the country’s war on drugs.
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Cayetano in the interim said he by and by welcomed Iceland Foreign Minister Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson to visit Manila so he could watch the human rights circumstance in the nation.
“Shockingly, it appears our companions are extremely not keen on touching base at reality and would rather depend on the falsehood being sustained to them by parties that have politicized and weaponized human rights,” Secretary Cayetano said.
The DFA said Iceland drove 10 different individuals from the Council in marking the joint explanation against the Philippines.
“This is a minority in the 47-part Human Rights Council,” as per Philippine Permanent Representative Evan Garcia.
The Philippines has gone under global feedback over its grisly war on drugs that has been tormente by claims of extrajudicial killings.