NATION FIGHTS BACK AT CALLS TO END KILLINGS
The Philippine government has denounced 39 mostly Western nations, including the United States, Britain and France, which have urged it to end thousands of killings under President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-drug crackdown and allow investigations in cooperation with the international community. The Department of Foreign Affairs said Friday that its diplomats told the countries, which issued a joint statement in Geneva expressing serious concern over human rights conditions in the Philippines, “to respect Manila’s domestic processes.” The government, through its diplomatic mission to the United Nations in Geneva, said it takes “grave exception to the sweeping and politicized statement” delivered by Iceland on behalf of 38 other countries during a meeting of the Human Rights Council in Geneva this week, the department said. In their statement, the countries said they “remain concerned about the thousands of killings and climate of impunity associated with the war on drugs,” and cited Philippine commitments to investigate these crimes and observe due process.
SPAIN eastern Catalonia region were on a collision course, with the independence referendum still slated for Sunday despite efforts by the courts and police to stop it. The tractors carried the Catalan proindependence flag, called the “estelada,” to the office of the national government’s representative in Barcelona. Similar tractor protests were being held across Catalonia. The region’s biggest farmers’ union said the demonstrations were part of their fight for “democracy and liberty.” With weeks of antagonism and tension coming to a head, neither side was showing signs of backing down from a confrontation that has pitched Spain into a political and constitutional crisis. The Madrid-based Spanish government has maintained the ballot cannot and will not happen because it contravenes the constitution, which refers to “the indissoluble unity of the Spanish nation.” Any vote on Catalan secession would have to be held across all of Spain, the government says.
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