Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang said that the international community including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights should respect the sovereignty of Philippines.
The statement of the Chinese spokesperson was made when asked to comment on report that UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said that President Rodrigo Duterte needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination after UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Victoria Tauli-Corpuz was listed among 600 people “using acts of terror” to undermine Philippine government.
“Relevant sides of the international community, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, shall respect the sovereignty of the Philippines and the will of its people, view the outcomes of the Philippines’ fight against drug and terrorism in a comprehensive, unbiased and objective way, and support its efforts to move forward its human rights cause in light of its national conditions,” Lu Kang said.
“As an agency of the UN, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is expected to fulfill its duties within the framework set out by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter,” he added.
He also noted that anyone without bias can see that President Duterte has made positive efforts since assuming office to combat drug-related crimes as well as terrorism, develop the national economy, and improve people’s livelihood, which have effectively protected and promoted the Philippine people’s fundamental rights to security and development.
“The achievements made by the Philippine government led by President Duterte on these fronts have won great approval and extensive support among the Philippine people,” he said.