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UNHRC adopts Iceland’s resolution by a slim margin of votes


By Dhel Nazario

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has voted on Thursday to adopt the Iceland resolution which will look into the human rights situation in the Philippines, including the drug-related killings.

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)

From the UNHRC, which is composed of 47 nations, 18 voted in favor of the draft resolution, 14 voted opposing with 15 abstentions. The resolution formally requests UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet “to prepare a comprehensive written report” on the human rights situation in the country.

The resolution, which was submitted last July 4, “urges the government of the Philippines to take all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances” and as well as “to carry out impartial investigations and to hold perpetrators accountable in accordance with international norms and standards including those on due process and the rule of law.”

Department of Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin, Jr. in a statement, said that the resolution was “not universally adopted” making its validity “highly questionable”.

“It does not represent the will of the Council, much less that of the developing countries who are always the target of such resolutions. Western countries pushed for this resolution in the confidence that the world has forgotten what they did and what should have been done to them had there been a Human Rights Council,” the statement read.

Locsin also said on Twitter that the resolution which was co-sponsored by 27 other member-states of the UN will have no effect.

“Such resolutions especially those passed by a tiny minority can and will be ignored,” he said on Twitter.

He, however, warned that the “initiative to insult the Philippines with the assumption without proof that it commits gross abuses will have far reaching consequences”.

READ MORE: DFA Sec. Locsin: Iceland Resolution ‘highly questionable’

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