President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte threatens to leave UN

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Yesterday President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte threatened to leave the UN after it criticized the way he fought the war on drugs, describing his conduct as a crime under international law.

President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte

He accused the organisation, which aims to increase world peace; of being useless, having achieved nothing and having just complained saying. “Take us out of your organization. You have done nothing anyway.”

The UN’s comments come after a spike in government sanctioned vigilante killings, there have been 900 unexplained murders and 650 police killings since June when the government’s crackdown began. President Duterte has accused several rival politicians of being involved in the drug trade, while maintaining that the 650 police killings where justified and in self defense. Saying that “My orders are for the police to go out and hunt for criminals, I tell them to arrest these criminals if they surrender peacefully, but kill them if they put up a violent struggle. I assume full responsibility for what happens.”

Four days ago the UN responded to this by urging the Philippine’s president to “adopt with immediate effect the necessary measures to protect all persons from targeted killings and extrajudicial executions”. Saying that “The State has a legally binding obligation to ensure the right to life and security of every person in the country, whether suspected of criminal offences or not”.


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