Philippine Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Watch is calling on the revocation of Philippines’ membership
at the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
Philippine UPR Watch is a delegation of human rights defenders and advocates that engages in the Universal Periodic Review process of the UN Human Rights Council and brings to the attention of the UN and the international community the human rights situation in the Philippines.
“Throughout the three cycles of the Universal Periodic Review, and most especially during the Duterte regime’s participation in the process, the Philippines has exhibited a total mockery of international human rights mechanisms, with the government’s blatant distortion of facts on extrajudicial killings and human rights violations in the country, its record of using the UN as a platform to justify its crimes against the Filipino people, and its doubletalk on compliance to human rights instruments. We call on the UN to revoke the membership of Philippines at the UN HRC, especially as it continues its hardheaded position against any UN investigation on the killings,” Philippine UPR Watch said in a statement.
The group found similarities in the current government’s statement with past Macapagal-Arroyo and Aquino III regimes.
“Through similar lines and sound bites, they have all painted a rosy picture of the human rights situation in the Philippines, while on the ground, the situation is getting worse for communities, with the drug war, the martial law in Mindanao and the continuing implementation of counter-insurgency programs,” it added.
In October 2015, Philippines was elected or a fourth term to serve in the UN Human Rights Council.
“The Philippines’ victory in the UN Human Rights Council, for a fourth term, is a clear and strong manifestation of the international community’s recognition of the Philippines’ steady progress in fulfilling international human rights obligations,” former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert F. Del Rosario said.
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