UN body adopts reso to probe killings in PH

News Philippines Jul 12, 2019 at 4:00 pm

MANILA — In a historic decision, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted July 11 the Iceland’s resolution to look into the human rights situation in the Philippines.

During the 41st session of the UN HRC in Geneva, Switzerland, 18 countries voted in favor of the resolution while 14 voted against. Fifteen member-states abstained from voting.

The resolution urges the Philippine government to take all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, to carry out impartial investigations and to hold the perpetrators accountable in accordance with international norms and standards.

Human rights groups in the Philippines applauded the decision.

Karapatan said the resolution “is a significant step towards accountability.”

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