Philippines in UN list of anti-civil society, activist countries

Features Philippines Sep 27, 2019 at 4:20 pm

gen11-killings-duterte-drug-war_2019-09-23_22-13-08MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines, whose relations with international bodies have turned sour, has been listed among 48 countries that registered a rising retaliation against civil society groups and human rights defenders who have been cooperating with the United Nations.

The UN Human Rights Office said it has been receiving numerous information on intimidation and reprisals against victims, members of civil society groups and activists in many countries – reflecting a rise in cases globally.

“Some governments seem prepared to go to almost any length to punish people who cooperate with us. This may actually underscore the justice of the victims’ causes,” said Andrew Gilmour, UN assistant secretary-general for human rights.

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