Duterte slams ‘stupid’ UN crit­i­cism of his war on drugs

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PHILIP­PINE Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has hit out at “very stupid” United Na­tions crit­i­cism of his con­tro­ver­sial war against il­le­gal drugs that has claimed an es­ti­mated 1 000 lives, warn­ing the global body not to in­ter­fere.

“Here comes the UN, eas­ily swayed, and com­ing with a very stupid propo­si­tion,” Duterte said in a speech on Wed­nes­day at an event for po­lice of­fi­cers also at­tended by for­eign diplo­mats.

“Why would the United Na­tions be so eas­ily swayed into in­ter­fer­ing in the af­fairs of this repub­lic?”

Duterte said that while the UN was quick to crit­i­cise his ad­min­is­tra­tion, the world body “is keep­ing silent” on the vi­o­lence in the Mid­dle East.

Re­fer­ring to con­flicts in the re­gion, Duterte said he had not yet heard any pub­lic out­cry tar­geted at “coun­tries who are bomb­ing vil­lages and com­mu­ni­ties, killing ev­ery­body there, in­clud­ing the goats and the cows and the dogs”.

UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Ban Ki-Moon and the UN Of­fice on Drugs and Crime had ear­lier con­demned Duterte’s “ap­par­ent en­dorse­ment of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings” in his fight against il­le­gal drugs and crime.

Ac­cord­ing to po­lice fig­ures, more than 600 sus­pected drug users, push­ers and traf­fick­ers have been killed since July 1 — although some lo­cal me­dia have put the death toll at 1 000.

But Duterte ar­gued that the num­bers were low com­pared with vi­o­lence else­where in the world.

“What’s the prob­lem? You in­ject pol­i­tics. Only one thou­sand died and you put my coun­try in peril, in jeop­ardy,” he said.

“For those who are killed by drug syn­di­cates, we can only in­ves­ti­gate. But do not at­tribute the acts of other crim­i­nals upon my govern­ment.”

The 71-year-old pres­i­dent noted that mil­lions in the Philip­pines are be­ing “dev­as­tated by drugs” in­clud­ing drug ad­dicts “no longer vi­able as hu­man be­ings on this planet”.

Duterte won the May elec­tion on a prom­ise to wage a war on il­le­gal drugs and other crime that would claim tens of thou­sands of lives. He has or­dered po­lice not to hes­i­tate to kill and even urged or­di­nary cit­i­zens and com­mu­nist rebels to join in the war against drugs.

On Wed­nes­day, at least 18 po­lice of­fi­cers were dis­missed af­ter test­ing pos­i­tive of il­le­gal drugs, ac­cord­ing to the Manila-based news web­site, Rap­pler.

He has re­peat­edly scoffed at hu­man rights groups op­posed to the killings, say­ing, “I don’t care about hu­man rights”.

He has also threat­ened to de­clare mar­tial law if the ju­di­ciary in­ter­feres with his poli­cies. — Al Jazeera

Riek Machar

Ro­drigo Duterte

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