Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, wearing a military uniform, gestures as he attends the 67th founding anniversary of the First Scout Ranger regiment in San Miguel town, Bulacan province, north of Manila Thomson ReutersGENEVA (Reuters) - Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's slurs against U.N. human rights activists suggest he needs to see a psychiatrist, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein told a news conference on Friday.
Duterte has lashed out at Callamard for raising concerns over the thousands of suspects killed in the president's so-called war on drugs.
In late December a year ago, Tauli-Corpuz and Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, special rapporteur on internally displaced people, issued a statement urging the government "to observe its obligations under worldwide law to protect the human rights of indigenous peoples, including in the context of armed conflict", amid the displacement of thousands of lumad in Mindanao. Well sorry, do not (expletive) with me, the president said, referring to Callamard.
HRW Philippines researcher Carlos Conde, on the other hand, said "government accusations that worldwide human rights experts have links to the NPA seek to undermine the valuable work they do to promote accountability for rights abuses".
The Philippines justice ministry in February said it wanted a Manila court to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines and its armed wing, the New People's Army, "terrorist" bodies, but made no mention of individuals it would also target.
The New People's Army, which is waging a decades-old Maoist armed rebellion, has been designated a "terrorist organization" by the U.S. State Department.
The UN said the accusations were an act of retaliation for Tauli-Corpuz's recent criticism of the attacks on and killings of indigenous Lumad people in the Philippines.
He told reporters: "These attacks can not go unanswered".
"This is, of course, unacceptable, for a special rapporteur acting on behalf of the worldwide community, whose expertise is sought by the Human Rights Council, to be treated in this way", he said.
Foreign minister Cayetano also responded on the Corpuz case, insisting there was evidence linking the United Nations rights experts to a banned group, without detailing the nature of the charges filed against her.
"If indeed Ms. Tauli-Corpuz and the others named in the petition are innocent as they claim they are, they should see this as an opportunity to clear their names and prove in court that they have never been members of or associated with the group", he added.
In Wednesday's speech, Duterte repeated his assertion that he needs to protect the country from the growing menace of drug addiction, which he said has afflicted at least 1.6 million Filipinos.
EMIs set to rise as SBI, others hike lending rates
It can be noted that the lender has in the past three months also revised upwards its bulk term deposit pricing in as many months. Like SBI, starting March 1, ICICI Bank and PNB increased their MCLR but by a slightly lower magnitude of 15 basis points.
Listeriosis Outbreak: What You Need To Know
- Checkers called on consumers who bought any Enterprise and Rainbow Chicken processed meat products to return the products. Food safety is of paramount importance to Woolworths and we take all issues regarding the production of our food...
Storm On The East Coast Forces Flight Cancelations At LAX
The storm has also impacted traveling conditions for many as thousands of flights have been canceled throughout the country. Many flights were canceled during the early morning hours, allowing most travelers to avoid a trip to the airport.
Oosthuizen leads WGC Mexico Championship
Thomas, who is fresh off his eighth Tour victory last week at the Honda Classic, couldn't say the same thing. Chris Paisley might need to win the WGC-Mexico Championship before he gets his due recognition.
SFIO summons ICICI CEO, Axis Bank MD
The fraud was allegedly perpetrated by billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, the promoter of Gitanjali Gems. The initial probe by investigating agencies has revealed that about 30 banks had discounted the bills based on PNB LOUs.
France to set legal age of sexual consent at 15
President Emmanuel Macron met his future wife, Brigitte, when he was around 14 and she was 38 and a teacher at his school. Sentences are the same for sexual assaults of minors and non-minors, but rape convictions carry much harsher punishments.
Ronda Rousey Set to Appear on This Week's Raw
Will the 31-year-old Rousey contact her mega star friend? It is speculated that Charlotte Flair will be there in Wrestlemania 34 . It is most likely that Rousey will take part in a match against Stephanie or a mixed-match against Triple H and Stephanie.
North Korea Willing to Talk About Nuclear Weapons
There is an increasingly uncomfortable tension between the strategic objectives of the United States and those of South Korea. North Korea has boasted of its plans to develop a nuclear-tipped missile capable of reaching the mainland United States .