Trudeau, Duterte talk HR, EJKs

The Freeman - - FRONT PAGE - (In­terAksyon.com)

MANILA — De­spite his host’s widely known aver­sion to any talk of hu­man rights, Canada’s Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau said he brought up not only the topic but also ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings blamed on the Philip­pine war on drug with a “re­cep­tive” Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte.

At a press brief­ing yes­ter­day, Trudeau said he had the op­por­tu­nity to talk to Duterte be­fore Canada’s meet­ing with lead­ers of As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions mem­ber-states ear­lier that morn­ing.

“I em­pha­sized peo­ple-to-peo­ple ties with Canada and the Philip­pines and men­tioned hu­man rights, the rule of law and specif­i­cally ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings as be­ing an is­sue Canada is con­cerned with,” Trudeau said.

Ahead of the ASEAN sum­mit, Duterte had said he would re­ject any at­tempt, in­clud­ing by U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, to ques­tion him on hu­man rights and his war on drugs, which some tal­lies es­ti­mate has claimed up­wards of 13,000 lives and count­ing since last year.

Asked about Duterte’s re­ac­tion to his bring­ing up the sen­si­tive is­sues, Trudeau de­scribed it as “re­cep­tive” and their en­counter as a “cor­dial and pos­i­tive ex­change.”

“Canada has earned a rep­u­ta­tion for be­ing able to have strong, and some­times frank dis­cus­sions on the rule of law and hu­man rights with part­ners around the world,” Trudeau said.

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE

Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau shakes hands with Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte be­fore the open­ing cer­e­mony of the 31st As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions Sum­mit in Manila.

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