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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.

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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.

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