July 7, 2019
Human rights group Karapatan has called on the United Nations member states to support Iceland’s resolution regarding concerns on the prevailing rights woes in the Philippines.
On June 4, 2019, Iceland tabled a proposed resolution to the UN Human Rights Council, asking member-states to take concrete steps on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines during the council’s 41st session.
The said resolution was supported by 28 states, urging for further action on the reported rights violations in the country.
“We welcome the proposed resolution by Iceland and urge other UN HRC member-states to vote for its adoption.
Halfway into the Duterte government, extrajudicial killings have worsened within the regime’s repressive anti-narcotics drive and counterinsurgency campaign. While there are ongoing efforts to investigate these violations in the domestic front, the adoption of this resolution should jolt this government into remembering all the human rights obligations and treaties that it is mandated to uphold,” said Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.
Palabay is currently monitoring the HRC sessions in Geneva, Switzerland.
The proposed resolution expressed concern on reported cases of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrest and detention, intimidation and persecution of or violence against members of civil society, human rights defenders, indigenous peoples, journalists, lawyers, members of the political opposition, and restrictions on the freedoms of opinion and expression, peaceful assembly and association.
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