United Nations, Jun 8 : Eleven UN-appointed rights experts have called for an independent probe into what they say is a “staggering number” of unlawful deaths and police killings in the Philippines, linked to the authorities’ self-declared war on drugs there.
In their appeal to the UN Human Rights Council to carry out the investigation, the experts express concern over alleged killings of rights activists, noting that “very few independent and effective” inquiries have taken place.
Independent media and journalists have also been threatened, they claim, while the law has been “weaponised” to undermine press freedom and judges’ freedom.The Human Rights Council is made of 47 UN Member States elected by the UN General Assembly. Its next session begins on 24 June in Geneva. (UnI)