Seat at U.N. rights body validates drug war -PH
‘Getting a seat in the UN Human Rights Council is a repudiation of the critics and
detractors on President Duterte’s unrelenting war against illegal drugs,’ says Palace Spokesperson Salvador Panelo
Malacañang on Saturday, October 13, claimed that the country’s reelection to the United Nations
Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a recognition that the government respects human rights and
does not tolerate abuse by those in authority.
Furthermore, ewly-appointed Palace Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement that “[g]etting a seat in
the UN Human Rights Council is a repudiation of the critics and detractors on President [Rodrigo]
Duterte’s unrelenting war against illegal drugs.”
Panelo claimed the Philippines is at the forefront of the “gigantic fight” in the global war on drugs,
and is an example to the world of how to “slay the dragon of destruction.”
“With the county’s reelection, the President’s campaign against illegal drugs, corruption, and criminality
has, in effect, been acknowledged by the international community as essential to the protection of the right to life, liberty, and property of every peace-loving and law-abiding citizen of our State,” he added.
Panelo point of gratitude
Nevertheless, Panelo at that point expressed gratitude toward the UN for the re-appointment in the midst of sharp feedback from rights bunches from Europe, North America, and the United States.
Meanwhile, New York-based Human Rights Watch said the seats designated for the Philippines and different nations with dubious human rights track records like Somalia, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Bahrain, and Cameroon may undermine the board’s validity and viability.
Hence, revious US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley prior said that the vote shows why the US was on the right track to pull back from the body. (READ: U.N. condemned over most recent picks for rights board)
Why sythesis matters: The UNHRC an intergovernmental body made out of 47 nations which advance and ensure every human appropriate the world over.
It right now being managed by a president, a position held by Slovak Ambassador Vojislav Suc.
The board’s site shown that its participation reflects and impacts its effects. The structure likewise mirrors the UN’s decent variety, “giving it authenticity when standing up on human rights infringement in all nations.”
The UNHRC additionally intends to anticipate approaching human rights catastrophes or extended emergencies from spreading. The chamber likewise can investigate human rights issues, frequently those that different bodies won’t or can’t examine.