Publicado: Mier, Marcha 14, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

China defends Duterte's commitment to 'fundamental rights' after UN criticism

China defends Duterte's commitment to 'fundamental rights' after UN criticism

Zeid also slammed the inclusion of Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN special rapporteur, on a government list of some 600 people it wants to be deemed "terrorists".

"The revolutionary movement is absolutely correct in taking as forewarning the Duterte brand of propaganda and slaughter methods used in Oplan Tokhang as early as December 2016 after he clearly backed out of his pledge to amnesty and release all political prisoners and the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines), PNP (Philippine National Police) and paramilitary forces repeatedly violated the prolonged ceasefire from late August 2016 to early February 2017", he said.

"Anyone without bias can see that President Duterte has made positive efforts since assuming office to combat drug-related crimes as well as terrorism, develop the national economy, and improve people's livelihood which have effectively protected and promoted the Philippine people's fundamental rights to security and development", he said.

Duterte's attacks against UN human rights activists suggest he needs to see a psychiatrist, UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said. He needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination.

Lumad communities have been the victims of Manila's ongoing militarisation that pushes indigenous peoples to leave their ancestral territories and leads to violent clashes between the government's armed forces and the local population.

Zeid said Duterte's attacks against UN special rapporteurs cannot go unanswered and the UN Human Rights Council must take a position. The petition specifically named the top 18 leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Lu was asked by the media to comment on UN high commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein's comment on Duterte.

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"Yet, instead of being cowed, our colleagues and the other individuals listed in the DOJ suit should now have to fight back even more vigorously against these increasing tyrannical moves of the present administration".

The Chinese government through its Chinese Foreign Ministry defended the Philippine president from one of his staunch critics on human rights, the United Nations (UN) high commissioner.

"That's why I said: 'Leave it to me.' If these fools come here-are there crocodiles here?"

The petition included 18 top leaders of the CPP, including founder Jose Maria Sison and peace negotiator Luis Jalandoni, both based in the Netherlands for three decades.

Roque said Duterte merely gave an "appropriate response" when he made the threat. She accused Duterte of targeting the UN official due to her criticism of alleged killings of indigenous people in the Mindanao region, where Duterte imposed martial law last year, to battle an Islamist insurgency.

"Duterte is engaged in a wild anti-communist witch hunt under the guise of anti-terrorism", he said.

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