Philip­pines to join UN rights group amid crack­down con­cerns

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The Philip­pines has been elected to the United Na­tions Hu­man Rights Coun­cil de­spite rights groups’ com­plaints that a govern­ment widely con­demned in­ter­na­tion­ally for a deadly drug crack­down doesn’t be­long in a group meant to call out abuses.

The Philip­pines was among 18 new coun­cil mem­bers cho­sen Fri­day.

Philip­pine Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte’s war on drugs has left more than 4,800 peo­ple dead in clashes with po­lice, by his govern­ment’s ac­count. Rights groups say the toll is far higher.

From staff and wire re­ports

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