Philippines to Declare 600 Alleged Communists 'Terrorists'?

  • Philippines to Declare 600 Alleged Communists 'Terrorists'?

Philippines to Declare 600 Alleged Communists 'Terrorists'?

Zeid, whose term as human rights commissioner will end in August, clarified that he was referring to Duterte's remarks about Agnes Callamard, a United Nations expert on extrajudicial killings who sharply criticized the number of people killed in the Philippine president's war on drugs.

The Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs hit back yesterday at the UN's human rights chief for issuing "irresponsible and disrespectful" comments about Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, warning that such remarks could set a risky precedent.

"Don't f**k with me, girls", he said, calling Callamard "skinny" and "malnourished", while referring to the ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda as "that black woman".

"I deplore President Duterte's statement last week to elite police units that they should not cooperate "when it comes to human rights, or whoever rapporteur it is" and the continued vilification of this Council's Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial killings by the authorities", Zeid said.

He said the Philippine leader "needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination".

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Local and global human rights groups condemned the petition filed by the Department of Justice that seeks to brand 600 people as terrorists, including UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz.

"It's to distract attention from the abuses", the indigenous leader from the Kankanaey Igorot people of the Philippines' Cordillera region, said.

In a statement from Ms. Carling defending herself, she writes "I expect to have the possibility to take legal action to clear my name, and expect the Government to ensure the physical safety of those of us who are listed in the petition, as called for by United Nations experts". "This kind of comment is unacceptable, unacceptable", Al-Hussein said.

Philippine women's rights group Gabriela accused Duterte of promoting violence against women with his comments and led a demonstration against the president on Thursday for International Women's Day.

"The High Commissioner also deplores the repeated insults and threats of physical violence against the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, by the President of the Philippines and his supporters", Rupert Colville, spokesperson of Zeid said.

In response to Al-Hussein's remarks, Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said he had "cast untoward aspersions regarding the President of the Republic of the Philippines". "We are shocked that the Special Rapporteur is being targeted because of her work defending the rights of indigenous peoples", said Michel Forst, special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, and Catalina Devandas Aguilar, chairperson of the Coordination Committee of the Special Procedures, in a joint statement.

The Philiphines justice ministry in February said it wanted a Manila court to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA), "terrorist" bodies, but made no mention of individuals it would also target.

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