Oct 11, 2021 @ 15:42

UN human rights exec worries about safety of lawyers, judges in PH

The United Nations Human Rights Council is greatly alarmed about the state of the Philippines, especially of practicing abogados as more of them are brazenly killed by assassins.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet raised this concern before world leaders who took part in the 48th session of the Human Rights Council.

“Human rights defenders –– including environmental defenders, journalists, union activists, church workers, and humanitarian workers –– continue to be at high risk of harassment, threats and killings,” she said.

“Judges and lawyers are also at risk, as the Supreme Court noted in March. Investigations into the killing of nine Tumandok indigenous people in December 2020, and of nine activists in Calabarzon region in March 2021, must ensure accountability for any members of the security forces involved in violations, redress for victims, and institutional review to ensure non-repetition.”

She added that other types of abuses reportedly committed within the country are “disturbing,” especially killings supposedly committed in the name of the government’s crackdown on illegal drugs.

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