MANILA, May 20 -- A total of 95 of the 109 attendees of the Universal Periodic Review(UPR) held in Geneva, Switzerland early this month commended the Philippines for its improved human rights situation.
Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistant Secretary Epimaco Densing said majority or 87 percent of the participants praised the Philippines after the team presented the human rights-based development programs of the government and the measures adopted to fulfill its obligations to the eight international treaties ratified in the past years.
"Ninety-five intervened and in their opening lines said they are commending the Philippines for an improved human rights situation," Densing said.
He added about 15 to 20 participants expressed their concerns over the alleged extra judicial killings and asked that these be investigated.
Densing, however, said nobody mentioned that the Duterte administration should stop its all-out war on illegal drugs.
He said the 16-man team has dispelled serious concerns of the international community about the alleged human rights violations of the present administration and other challenges in the law enforcement and judicial system in the country.
Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano led the Philippine delegation.
The UPR is a mechanism of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) that emerged from the 2005 UN reform process. Commonly referred to as the UN-UPR, it was established by General Assembly resolution 60/251 of April 3, 2006.
The UN-UPR periodically examines the human rights performance of all 193 UN Member States.(PNA)