Thursday, May 18, 2017

95 over 105 UN countries don’t believe there are EJKs in PH

More than half of the United Nations country-members spoke up during the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva, Switzerland and said that they believe there are no extrajudicial killings (EJK) in the Philippines and even congratulated the country for its bettered human rights situation.

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Epimaco Densing reported that the numbers of alleged EJKs that reached international human rights organizations have been perceived as “spoiled and rotten information”.

Contrary to what is publicized in local media, 95 of 105 countries deem the Philippines’ human rights condition as faring well.

“One hundred and nine countries committed in the UPR… All 95 countries who prepared their intervention congratulated the Philippines for improving human rights situation the past five years,” Densing said.

Densing said that they have clarified during the UPR that the figures reported by local news outfits are a total summary of all criminal cases including homicide and murder, and not exclusively drug-related killings.

“They were in a neutral tone. In fact, the 95 countries didn’t say that we should discontinue our anti-drug campaign. They only mentioned that we should review the EJKs in the country. They never said that we should stop the campaign,” Densing said.

While the UN members expressed concern over the fact that there are drug-related killings, they are not averse to the anti-drug war the current administration is pursuing.

Densing concluded that the Philippine delegation to the UPR was “fruitful” and a “big success” after it clarified with the international community that the country does not tolerate EJK.

The secretary, however, expressed concern over the preference of Philippine media to only highlight or aggravate negative news.

“The problem is we give the facts and figures but local media is not reporting our side,” Densing said.

Source: Mindanation


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