UN votes to investigate killings
July 12, 2019 6:07 am
The UN Human Rights Council has voted to set up an investigation into alleged crimes committed during the Philippine government’s war on drugs.
The resolution, which passed by a narrow margin, mandates a comprehensive written report into the human rights situation in the country.
It will focus on reports of extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests and enforced disappearances.
The Philippines strongly opposed the resolution and branded it a “travesty”.
President Rodrigo Duterte launched the anti-narcotics campaign in 2016, to deal with a rampant drug problem.
Since then at least 6,600 dealers or users have been killed, according to police. But activists say the toll is much higher at more than 27,000.