Threat to pull out of UN ‘a joke’

The Myanmar Times - - World -

PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte has said his threat to pull the Philip­pines out of the United Na­tions for crit­i­cis­ing his deadly crime war was just a “joke”, while at­tempt­ing a light-hearted freestyle word as­so­ci­a­tion on geno­cide.

Mr Duterte had said he may with­draw the Philip­pines from the world body af­ter a UN hu­man rights ex­pert said last week his en­cour­age­ment of se­cu­rity forces to kill drug sus­pects vi­o­lated in­ter­na­tional law.

“Can’t you take a joke?” Mr Duterte told re­porters on Au­gust 23 when asked if he was se­ri­ous.

Nearly 2000 peo­ple have been killed since Mr Duterte was sworn into of­fice on June 30 and im­me­di­ately launched his war on crime, ac­cord­ing to the na­tional po­lice chief.

Mr Duterte has in­sisted most of the 756 peo­ple con­firmed killed by po­lice were drug sus­pects who re­sisted ar­rest, while the others died due to gang mem­bers wag­ing war­fare against each other.

How­ever, rights groups, some law­mak­ers and others have said se­cu­rity forces are en­gag­ing in un­prece­dented ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings.

The United States State De­part­ment also this week said it was “deeply con­cerned” about re­ports of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings.

Mr Duterte on Au­gust 23 crit­i­cised Agnes Cal­la­mard, the UN spe­cial rap­por­teur on sum­mary ex­e­cu­tions who said he was vi­o­lat­ing in­ter­na­tional law by en­dors­ing the killings.

Mr Duterte also said Ms Cal­la­mard had ac­cused him of geno­cide, which she did not.

“That’s the in­ven­tion of a woman who wants to com­mit sui­cide,” Mr Duterte said, be­fore of­fer­ing his rhymes.

“You can think of geno­cide, sui­cide or what, side by side, up­per side, what­ever, what if up­per side or even up­side?” –

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