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United Nations human rights body censures Philippines

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The three year so-called drug war has unleashed

The human rights body of the United Nations has agreed to begin investigating President Rodrigo Duterte's violent war on drugs in the Philippines amid accusations of extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and crimes against humanity.

Bernard Banac said that the issue "will be appropriately addressed by the Department of Foreign Affairs".

Duterte earlier said he may consider allowing human rights group to conduct a probe, if investigators "state their goal". Since 2016, at least 6,600 suspected drug pushers and addicts have been killed in police operations under the government's aggressive campaign against illegal drugs in the Philippines, according to official statistics. It also calls on the Philippines to take all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings. He has separately called both President Barack Obama and Pope Francis "son of a whore" and told a United Nations human rights expert to "go to hell". "If these countries are really concerned with the so-called human rights abuses in this country, then they could have communicated formally with the government and we could have responded to them but they did not", Panelo said in an interview on ANC.

A remote island nation of just 358,000 people, Iceland enjoys a very low violent crime rate and is often named among the safest places in the world.

Activists and families of drug war victims display placards during a protest against the war on drugs by President Rodrigo Duterte in Quezon city, Metro Manila in Philippines, August 28, 2018.

On Friday, Sen. Leila del Lima, a former rights commissioner and Duterte political rival who is in jail for what she claims are false charges related to drug trafficking, said the government was normalizing deaths carried out in the name of the drug war.

MANILA-President Duterte took a swipe at Iceland on Friday for spearheading a UN resolution to investigate his bloody war on drugs, saying it was a nation made entirely of ice, with no understanding of his country's problems.

"We will not accept a politically partisan and one-sided resolution", the ambassador added. Locsin said the government's campaign will not waiver despite the criticisms, noting: 'The Philippines renews its solemn responsibility to protect the law-abiding against the lawless by any means efficient to achieve the defining objective for the existence and expense of a state.

Duterte and his administration have long voiced opposition to global criticism to the drug war, claiming it is the government's sovereign right to protect the Philippines people from the scourge of addiction.

Iceland joined the Human Rights Council previous year after the Trump administration said the United States would leave the body, which resulted in an open seat.

Locsin said he preferred worldwide cooperation on the drug war with Russian Federation or the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

"Thus, the Philippines rejects this resolution", he added.

Last week, a three-year-old girl became one of the crackdown's youngest victims after she was shot dead in a drugs raid.

"The resolution demonstrates how the Western powers are scornful of our sovereign exercise of protecting our people from the scourge of prohibited drugs", Panelo said.

Her mother, Rosita, sitting next to her daughter's casket at her wake, said she voted for Duterte and supported his governance.

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