UN HRC Resolution on Philippines
11 juli 2019

UN HRC Resolution on Philippines


Lawyers for Lawyers welcomes the resolution adopted by the UN Human Rights Council on 11 July on the situation in the Philippines. The resolution expressed concern on reported cases of extrajudicial killings in line with the drug war, and also raised the issue of reported violations targeting critics and human rights defenders. 

The resolution, initiated by Iceland, requests the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to provide a detailed report on the situation of human rights in the Philippines, and for it to be presented to and discussed by the Human Rights Council at its 44th session. It furthermore calls upon the Government of the Philippines to cooperate with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the mechanisms of the Human Rights Council, by facilitating country visits and preventing and refraining from all acts of intimidation or retaliation. The said resolution also urges the Philippine government to take all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, to carry out impartial investigations and to hold perpetrators accountable, in accordance with international norms and standards, including on due process and the rule of law. The resolution passed with 18 votes in favour, 14 against and 15 abstentions.

Lawyers for Lawyers is worried about the situation in the Philippines and has already expressed concern about practice of ‘red-tagging’ lawyers and lawyers’ groups.

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