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PH government’s delusional denial of EJKs, HRVs committed with impunity merits removal from UN rights body - Karapatan

“If the Duterte administration continues to desperately dismiss the existence of extrajudicial killings and other rights violations, despite overwhelming reports from human rights and people’s organizations within the country and concurrence from other governments, its delusional denial is clear proof that it has no qualification nor credibility to be a member of an international human rights body such as the UN Human Rights Council,” said Karapatan Secretary General Cristina Palabay, in reaction to presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella’s statements regarding calls for the removal of the Philippines at the UN HRC. 
 

Drop boxes for drug, security threats reporting are ineffective, arbitrary – Karapatan

“The dropbox system will neither solve criminality or ensure security of citizens, nor will it address the roots of rebellion in the country. Such solutions are unreliable and short-sighted, and will merely promote unnecessary paranoia and rifts between and among members of a community. With this dropbox system in the course of the bloody drug war and counter-insurgency programs, anyone may be affected and can be targeted, regardless of guilt or innocence. The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the police are essentially re-creating a hit list, and they are asking everyone to write it for them,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay on the dropbox system, as among the provisions in the revised Mamamayang Ayaw sa Anomalya, Mamamayang Ayaw sa Iligal na Droga (MASA-MASID) guidelines released by the DILG.
 

Karapatan criticizes US fake concern and hypocrisy on EJKs, rights situation in PH

In a statement during the 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and its co-signing of the Joint Statement of 39 UNHRC member states, the US government expressed concern regarding the extrajudicial killings and attacks against human rights defenders and indigenous peoples in the Philippines, and on the climate of impunity associated with President Duterte’s drug war.

“Such statements of the US government are plain hypocrisy, as the US continues to fund many programs that have trained and equipped the very same police and military that murder the Filipino people. The US recently extended at least US$2 million assistance for the Duterte government’s drug war, while at least US$180 million was given to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and its counter-insurgency program. Indeed, there is ‘extrajudicial funding’ for these extrajudicial killings, and using the guise of security sector reform, the United States have concealed its direct participation in such programs. Its fake concern and hypocrisy on the human rights situation in the Philippines is revolting,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.

Filipino rights activists meet Belgian parliamentarians after PH UPR session at UN

Speaking before the members of the Brussels parliament, human rights organizations under Philippine UPR Watch presented the worsening human rights situation in the Philippines as a result of government’s intensified counter-insurgency operation. The group highlighted the ongoing aerial bombardments of the Philippine army in Batangas Province which reportedly resulted to the killing of a minor and forcible evacuations of hundreds of families.

“As we speak before you, human rights violations continue to occur in the Philippines. In Batangas, a few kilometers away from the nation's capital, hundreds of families were reportedly displaced while a minor died due to the ongoing aerial bombardments of the military,” said National Union of People’s Lawyers secretary general Atty. Ephraim Cortez, who also co-heads the delegation of Philippine UPR Watch that recently attended the 36th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

Revoke PH membership at UN rights council - Philippine UPR Watch

Amid the Philippine government's continued denial of the existence of extrajudicial killings and the culture of impunity in the Philippines before United Nations processes, the Philippine UPR Watch, a delegation of victims of rights violations, ecumenical leaders, and human rights defenders who participated in the UN sessions in Geneva, Switzerland, called for the removal of the Philippines as a member of the UN Human Rights Council.

"Throughout the three cycles of the Universal Periodic Review, and most especially during the Duterte regime's participation in the process, the Philippines has exhibited a total mockery of international human rights mechanisms,  with the government's blatant distortion of facts on extrajudicial killings and human rights violations in the country, its record of using the UN as a platform to justify its crimes against the Filipino people, and its doubletalk on compliance to human rights instruments. We call on the UN to revoke the membership of Philippines at the UN HRC, especially as it continues its hardheaded position against any UN investigation on the killings," said Philippine UPR Watch.

 

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