Philippines Denies UN Human Rights Experts Access To Country After Damning Resolution

Philippines Denies UN Human Rights Experts Access to Country After Damning Resolution

Manila will not allow foreign UN human rights observers to visit the country to obtain data for a comprehensive report on suspected human rights violations, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin said Wednesday

MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 11th September, 2019) Manila will not allow foreign UN human rights observers to visit the country to obtain data for a comprehensive report on suspected human rights violations, Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin said Wednesday.

In July, the UN Human Rights Council adopted an Iceland-backed resolution, which demanded a report on human rights situation in the Philippines.

Manila strongly rejected the resolution.

"No, I don't want them coming here and then saying everything that they have not proved is true because we saw it," Locsin said as quoted by the ABS-CBN news channel.

The administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been under international scrutiny over what is believed to be thousands of extrajudicial killings in the name of a three-year "war on drugs," in which dissenting voices have increasingly been silenced.

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