CHR on UNHRC resolution on PHL drug war: “Hindi po ito political move"

CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia / Photo from ABS-CBN

On Sunday, The Commission on Human Rights (CHR)  clarified that the resolution of the United Nations Human Rights Council requesting a review of the Philippines’ drug war is not a political move.

Hindi po ito political move,” CHR spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia said in an interview on Dobol B sa News TV.

On July 11, the 47-member UN Human Rights Council adopted the Iceland-initiated resolution by a vote of 18 in favor, 14 opposed, and 15 abstaining.

De Guia said the resolution is normal in the procedures of the council. In fact, according to De Guia, the UNHRC team has visited 58 countries for the same process in the last year.

Nagkaroon ng fact-finding missions maging sa ibang bansa,” De Guia said.

De Guia said the council launched a fact-finding mission in Libya and Syria which are still ongoing.

Based on the resolution, De Guia clarified, it only orders the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) to submit a monitoring report and not to conduct an investigation yet.

"Dito sa in-issue sa atin, ang sinabi lang ‘for the OHCHR to submit a comprehensive report.' Kaya mayroong isang pananaw na hindi pa naman ito investigation per se. Hindi katulad ng mga fact-finding mission o commission of inquiry,” she said.

The CHR spokesperson said the procedure will also ask for reports from different sectors including government agencies concerning the issue.

It will definitely engage the government and the government take part in the process, kung baga, take advantage nga 'yung right to be heard, right to present its own side para hindi lang one-sided 'yung report,” she said.

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