Trudeau raises hu­man rights with Duterte

Tempo - - Front Page - (Reuters and Ellson A. Quismorio)

Canada Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau said yes­ter­day that he raised the is­sue of hu­man rights and ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings dur­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with Pres­i­dent Duterte, who was “re­cep­tive” to his com­ments.

Hu­man rights groups had called on lead­ers at the As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions Sum­mit in Pasay City to pres­sure Duterte over the thou­sands of Filipinos killed dur­ing his 16-month-old crack­down on il­le­gal drugs.

Trudeau said Canada had a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing frank in dis­cussing is­sues like the rule of law and hu­man rights with part­ners ev­ery­where.

"I ac­tu­ally had an op­por­tu­nity to have a con­ver­sa­tion with Pres­i­dent Duterte just be­fore our meet­ing ear­lier this morn­ing in which I em­pha­sized the peo­ple to peo­ple ties be­tween Canada and the Philip­pines, the great con­nec­tion there," Trudeau, 45, said at the In­ter­na­tional Me­dia Cen­ter in Pasay.

“I also men­tioned hu­man rights, rule of law, and specif­i­cally ex­tra ju­di­cial killings as be­ing an is­sue that Canada is con­cerned with,” he said. “I will al­ways bring that up. The Pres­i­dent was re­cep­tive to my com­ments and it was through­out a very cor­dial and pos­i­tive ex­change.”

Trudeau, who gave French trans­la­tions to his an­swers to re­porters, un­der­scored the im­por­tance of rais­ing these is­sues to the host Pres­i­dent.

"We know that talk­ing about hu­man rights is an es­sen­tial part of a path for­ward, it must be done in an hon­est and frank way, but it has to be done. We have to talk about the high ex­pec­ta­tion we must have to pro­tect life, to up­hold the law, and hu­man rights," he said.

"Canada is a coun­try that al­ways brings up hu­man rights is­sues and strongly en­gages in line with our val­ues any­where in the world. Coun­tries have ac­cepted that and ex­pect that even of Canada," he added.

Trudeau ar­rived in the coun­try last Sun­day at The Ni­noy Aquino In­ter­na­tional Air­port for the sum­mit.

He went to a lo­cal fast­food chain Jol­libee branch at the North Har­bor in Manila, lined up, and bought what ap­pears to be value meal. He has a movie star-like fol­low­ing in the Philip­pines thanks to his good looks.

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