UN rapporteur must accept Duterte terms on rights probe — gov’t
The Philippine government is firm on its decision that United Nations (UN) special rapporteur Agnes Callamard could not pursue her fact-finding visit to the Philippines unless she accepts the conditions set by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Duterte earlier said Callamard must have a public debate with him and allow him to ask her questions. The President said Callamard should also take an oath to confirm her intention to be truthful.
“Well, I think the conditions set by the President are still standing, ‘no. Until and unless she agrees to these conditions, I don’t think the visit will push through,” foreign affairs spokesperson Charles Jose said in a Palace briefing.
Asked whether the government would be open to a compromise, Jose said “the President has already given instructions and these are the conditions that he would like to be met for the visit to take place.”
Callamard earlier rejected the conditions set by Duterte on her fact-finding mission on the spate of drug killings in the Philippines, saying it could breach established protocol of the UN Human Rights Council. JE/rga
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