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Palace shifts tirade from EU to HRW


By Genalyn Kabiling 

Malacañang has shifted its tirade from the European Union (EU) to the Human Rights Watch (HRW) after learning the regional bloc had nothing to do with supposed threat to move for the expulsion of the country from the United Nations.

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella (Richard V. Viñas / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella
(Richard V. Viñas / MANILA BULLETIN)

This time, Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella slammed the “self-styled human rights watchdog” for its criticisms on the government, dismissing its warning about the country’s UN membership as “unwarranted nuisance.”

“The Human Rights Watch (HRW), a self-styled HR watchdog, has accused the Philippines of violating its membership obligations and threatens to call for the Philippines to be delisted from the UNHRC,” Abella said in a statement.

“The only basis for suspension of privileges of members of the UNHRC is for the concerned member to have committed ‘gross and systematic violations of human rights,’ he added.

Abella claimed that any suspension of a member is decided upon by the UNHRC but a 2/3 vote of the members of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) present and voting.

“This is what is said in paragraph 8 of A/Res/251, the UNGA resolution that established the UNHRC,” he said.

Abella likewise shrugged off any possibility of the country’s removal from the UNHRC, citing its recent adoption of the country’s report on human rights record.

“The UNHRC unanimously accepted and commended the Outcome Report on the Philippines’ Universal Periodic Review (UPR) — a decision undermined by HRW,” he said.

“Thus, the noise from HRW amounts to nothing more than unwarranted nuisance,” he added.

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  • Ros Feliciano

    The so called HRW is being taken for a free ride by the opposition personalities who have vast amount of resources to influenced the international communities to malign the presidency of DU30. Which do they prefer, to maintain the status quo associated with mismanagement of our country by many administration in simply disregarding that illegal drugs proliferate with impunity OR to maintain the ongoing war on eradication of grafts and corruptions brought about by our own elected and non-elected government officials. The accusers against the presidency of DU30 do not have strong evidence that EJK is supported by this incumbent government administration; nothing they can prove that what they project to the peoples world wide hold truth. Truth is synonymous to principle that it cannot be discussed because it remain true and cannot be otherwise.