"Three years on, President Duterte's "war on drugs" continues to be nothing but a large-scale murdering enterprise for which the poor continue to pay the highest price", Nicholas Bequelin, Amnesty International's regional director for East and Southeast Asia, said in a statement. Activists say the death toll is at least 27,000.
This as the Philippines has rejected a resolution approved by the worldwide body that sought a comprehensive report on the country's human rights situation, including alleged extrajudicial killings in the government's drug war.
The Philippines on Thursday, July 11 rejected a United Nations resolution that mandates a "comprehensive" worldwide review of the drug war that has been ongoing since President Rodrigo Duterte took office three years ago.
President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines has blasted Iceland over its sponsorship of a UN resolution demanding a comprehensive report on human rights situation in the Asian island nation, saying Reykjavik simply doesn't understand or have to deal with the kinds of problems he deals with, Philippine outlet Rappler has reported.
'This war on drugs, as we have repeatedly said, it's a sham war, he told a news briefing yesterday in Geneva.
Last month, a three-year-old girl became one of the youngest victims of the war on drugs, after she was shot dead in a raid near Manila. Police say her father, Renato, had used his daughter as a human shield. "You have too much ice and there is no clear day or night there".
"They don't understand the social, economic, political problems of the Philippines".
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"We have put forward a balanced text with a very modest ask - simply requesting the High Commissioner to prepare a report for discussion by June next year", the ambassador for Iceland, which sponsored the resolution, said on Thursday.
He said its validity is highly questionable, and that it doesn't represent the will of the council or emerging nations that he says are always the target of such resolutions.
"It reeks of nauseating politics completely devoid of respect for the sovereignty of our country, even as it is bereft of the gruesome realities of the drug menace".
"We regularly provide our Commission on Human Rights the budget they need to perform their mandate", he added. "Duterte denies involvement in summary executions and taunts human rights defenders with vows to widen the war on illegal drugs, which he says are making the country 'insane'".
"We have our own laws, Constitution and our human rights is perfectly protected by our constitution and by our laws", the PNP Chief told reporters at the sideline of the second anniversary of the PNP-Drug Enforcement Group (DEG) at Camp Crame in Quezon City. "There will be consequences, far-reaching consequences". He has separately called both President Barack Obama and Pope Francis "son of a whore" and told a United Nations human rights expert to "go to hell".
"What we need to do is we need to show that the government is functioning, that investigation is going on by the Committee on Justice, by the courts".