March 19, 2018

Philippines Withdraws From ICC

14 March 2018, 11:11 | Devin Moran

Romeo Ranoco Reuters

Psychiatric test? World needs more Dutertes!’ Manila hits back at UN rights chief

"I reiterate the United Nations is an organization consisting of states and as such all UN officials can not deal with elected leaders of member nations in a manner that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights did", he added.

The Hague-based ICC announced last month it was launching a "preliminary examination" of Duterte's bloody anti-drug crackdown that has drawn worldwide concern.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein defended the independence, impartiality and expertise of special rapporteurs in the face of smear and hate campaigns, some involving incitement to violence. Some translations of this statement strive to make it clear he was indeed suggesting that human rights investigators should be fed to crocodiles. It's being treated as a diplomatic affront. Earlier this month, Duterte instructed the armed police units not to cooperate with United Nations special rapporteur on extra-judicial killings, Agnes Callamard, amid the ongoing ICC probe.

"This is, of course, unacceptable for a special rapporteur acting on behalf of the worldwide community whose expertise is sought by the Human Rights Council to be treated in this way", Zeid said.

The President made the stern warning, as he also reiterated his order to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to remain silent, if they are asked about the supposed human rights violations linked to his anti-narcotics drive. And that is for a reason (that is) legal.

Trillanes said the examination "should jolt Duterte into realizing that he is not above the law".

"So these stupid (members of the UN) will go here. Throw those sons of bitches to them", he sneered.

21 court petition also said that Tauli-Corpuz is a member of the New People's Army, a communist militia which has fought a five-decade rural insurgency. "Let's see what happens", he said.

The angry comments came after the Duterte government included the name of a United Nations indigenous rights rapporteur on a list of Communist guerrillas that it wants to formally declare as terrorists.

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday announced that he would pull out the Philippines from the Rome Statute which it signed, along with 122 other countries, creating the International Court (ICC) to try individuals accused of international crimes.

Lu was asked by the media to comment on United Nations high commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's comment on Duterte.

According to the Philippines government, around 3,900 people have been killed in the drug war.

"It (Zeid's remark) did not come at an appropriate time", he said. "We welcome special rapporteurs, provided they be impartial, neutral and willing to investigate rather than those already having conclusions and wanting to justify them through an investigation".

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