World Bulletin / News Desk
In a press statement on Wednesday, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Peter Cayetano said the report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein contained deliberate misinformation.
"He (Zeid) severely mischaracterized the situation in the country in his report to the Human Rights Council," he said.
According to Cayetano, last May, the Philippines provided the Human Rights Council (HRC) with all the facts regarding the campaign against illegal drugs in its report to the Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review.
During the HRC's 36th session in Geneva Sept. 11, Zeid told the UN assembly that “In the Philippines, I continue to be gravely concerned by the President’s open support for a shoot-to-kill policy regarding suspects, as well as by the apparent absence of credible investigations into reports of thousands of extrajudicial killings, and the failure to prosecute any perpetrator."
Cayetano brushed off Zein's statement, saying that the Commissioner’s report would have been balanced and accurate had he considered the information they provided, instead of just relying on uncorroborated information.
The DFA secretary reiterated the commitment of the Philippines to continue constructively engaging with the UN Human Rights Council.
"The Philippines has actively participated in the Universal Periodic Review process (UPR), and was one of the first countries to undergo the review in 2008, having championed the establishment of the UPR process under the UN Human Rights Council Mechanism,” he said.
Mexico rejects claim, calling it 'manifestly false'
Supporters not deterred by president’s antics, performance
Republican leadership eyes Thursday vote on stopgap bill, but passage is uncertain without Democratic support
The head of the Venezuelan Supreme Court and the chief of the intelligence agency are also blacklisted, diplomatic sources said, making them subject to asset freezes and travel bans.
Army frequently carries out sweeping arrest campaigns in occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem
Icy roads contribute to at least 4 fatalities, fifth death attributed to exposure
Border patrol also harasses and uses violence against volunteers, who provide aid, reports say
Pentagon and U.S.-led coalition contradicted with each other on function of PYD/PKK-led SDF forces in Syria
Lee, a naturalized US citizen also known as Zhen Cheng Li, was arrested late Monday after he arrived at JFK International Airport in New York.
Israeli forces first detained al-Tamimi on Dec. 19 during an overnight raid
If France recognizes Palestine as a state, more countries will follow it, says Luxembourg FM
U.S. said Tuesday it was suspending a total of $65 million in aid to Palestine
Reason for crash not yet known, defense minister says
Electoral coalitions in Iraq are often formed based on sectarian and ethnic lines
Al-Aqsa officials are warned not to carry out any renovation work at flashpoint holy site, local official says