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Philippines complains of UN human rights watchdog’s “bias”

The Philippines has made a formal complaint to the United Nations about ‘special rapporteur’ Agnes Callamard’s “consistent biased prejudgement” about President Duterte’s war on drugs. Evan Garcia, Philippine Permanent Representative to the UN Office at Geneva, said that the Philippines “strongly supports the call of the international community for human…


Deerhurst: Police say cell hidden behind bookcase “wasn’t a secret”

In-house police investigators have concluded that the jail cell carefully hidden behind a hinged bookcase at a Manila police station was not “secret” — and has cleared officers involved of any wrongdoing. Inspector General Alfegar Triambulo of the Philippine National Police-Internal Affairs Service (IAS) said imprisoning 12 undocumented suspects in the squalid,…



China is lone voice of support as Duterte’s drug war slammed by UN

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) overwhelmingly rejected a Philippine senator’s defence of his government’s drug war. Of 46 countries represented only China gave its backing to the country’s human rights record, with all the others calling for action to be taken on extrajudicial killings. As we reported yesterday,…


Duterte’s human rights record defended at UN human rights council

A Filipino senator has issued a spirited defence of the Duterte administration’s human rights record before a UN panel in Geneva, Switzerland. Senator Alan Peter Cayetano appeared before the UN’s Human Rights Council with a slide show, and repeated claims that critics were smearing the government with “fake news”. He said:…