PH says seat at United Nations rights body validates drug war

PH says seat at United Nations rights body validates drug war

PH says seat at United Nations rights body validates drug war

The UNHRC meets three times a year, and reviews the human rights records of all UN members in a special process that gives countries the chance to say what they have done to improve human rights, known as the Universal Periodic Review.

But its defenders said it did vital protection work around the world. It secured 188 votes last night in the Asia-Pacific category for a period of three years beginning January 1, 2019.

Members serve on the council for three years and can have only up to two consecutive terms. "We are grateful to the many friends that we've across the globe who came out and voted in such large numbers to ensure that India got the highest number of votes among all the 18 candidates".

The rights group accused the Duterte administration of conducting a bloody campaign that, it said, had left thousands of drug suspects dead in a "killing frenzy".

"A big irony took place this week when the Philippines won a seat at the United Nations Human Rights Council in NY".

The Human Rights Council has 47 member states, with 18 seats due to fall vacant this year.

With no competition, each candidate got well over the 97 needed votes, including the Philippines, widely condemned internationally for a deadly drug crackdown, and Eritrea, which has faced criticism from a commission set up by the council itself.

Hours before the vote, Cayetano slammed Iceland, HRW and other nongovernment groups for calling on other countries not to support Manila's reelection bid.

"If you want to talk human rights, we're here".

According to Panelo, UN member-states voted for the Philippines because they recognized illegal drugs as a global problem.

The victory of India came after the previous UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein asked the body to do an worldwide commission of inquiry into allegations of human rights violation in Kashmir.

The Philippines government has previously dismissed claims of human rights abuses, saying President Duterte had employed "lawful use of force" against threats to the country.

While other countries with stronger human rights records were voted in - such as Argentina, Czech Republic and Denmark - the addition of those with poor records was cited as evidence by Haley that the USA was right to withdraw from the body earlier this year.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley said the "lack of standards continues to undermine the organization and demonstrates again why the United States was right to withdraw from it" in June.

Eritrea hasn't held a presidential election since independence in 1993, and rights groups have long accused the country of having a harsh system of military conscription that has spurred many citizens to flee.

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