United Nations drug war probe rejected by top Duterte diplomat

Duterte mocks 'ice-eating' Iceland over U.N. vote on Philippine war on drugs

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during their joint press statement with Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in TokyoMore

On Thursday, the 47-member states of the UNHRC voted in Geneva to adopt a resolution which calls for a preliminary investigation to assess the human rights situation in the Philippines amid the government's crackdown on illegal drugs.

Eighteen countries voted in favor of the Iceland-endorsed resolution, 14 were against, and 15 abstained during voting held in Geneva Thursday.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte took a swipe at Iceland today for spearheading a UN resolution to investigate his bloody war on drugs, saying it was a nation made entirely of ice, with no understanding of his country's problems.

The New York Times reports the Philippine foreign minister, Teodoro Locsin, denounced the resolution as a travesty of human rights that came "straight from the mouth of the queen in Alice in Wonderland".

Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III said the nations that favored a thorough review on the human-rights situation in the Philippines should first bare the number of abortion cases in their own countries, adding that "they have no moral high ground to lecture us".

The CHR also reiterated its previous calls for the government to allow "thorough, transparent, and independent investigations of all alleged violations of human rights in the country by demonstrating to the world that "our local mechanisms are genuinely working and are sufficient to address demands for justice and the rule of law to prevail".

"This war on drugs, as we have repeatedly said, it's a sham war".

The resolution requires the United Nations human rights chief to report on the situation in a year.

The vote came against the backdrop of renewed global scrutiny of Duterte's war on drugs, which three years on has remained as violent as ever.

At the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Philippine delegates had lobbied furiously over the past week to try and prevent the resolution being passed and vehemently spoke out against its adoption on Thursday.

"The resolution is grotesquely one-sided, outrageously narrow, and maliciously partisan", Panelo said in a lengthy statement. "We will not tolerate any form of disrespect or acts of bad faith".

Since taking office in 2016, the president has waged a campaign against drugs that has killed thousands and been condemned by human rights advocates. "There will be consequences, far-reaching consequences". Police say they have killed 6,600 who were armed and fought back during attempts to arrest them, but activists say there may have been as many as 27,000 drug-related killings overall. Myca Ulpina, a 3-year-old girl who died last June 29 near Manila, is among the last and youngest known victims.

Laila Matar of Human Rights Watch criticised his comments.

"[It] provides hope for thousands of bereaved families in the Philippines and countless more Filipinos bravely challenging the Duterte administration's murderous 'war on drugs, '" said Amnesty's regional director for east and southeast Asia, Nicholas Bequelin, in a statement. Police say her father, Renato, used his daughter as a human shield.

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