Rejection of UNHRC resolution may not have cost, rejection of findings will have cost: UN special rapporteur

United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard told CNN Philippines that “rejection of the resolution itself may not have a cost, what will have a cost is the rejection of the findings of the inquiry.”

This is after the Philippines criticized the UN Human Rights Council resolution. “Vote is 18 in favor, 14 against and 15 abstentions. The Iceland resolution has been adopted by a mere minority,” Foreign Affairs Secretary Teddy Locsin Jr. said

“The Palace objects and condemns the resolution of Iceland, favored by 17 other countries during the 41st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the same being based on false information and unverified facts and figures,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said.

Callamard said “Of course, it can continue to reject the call of the international community, it can continue to ignore the calls from within the Philippines itself, it can continue to do all of those things. However, I think every refusal will eventually have a much higher price that it does right now. Eventually, there will be a cost attached to the denial and to the violations.”

“The cost can take many shapes – it can be sanctions, it can be something related to the assistance, developmental assistance, it can be symbolic, it can be economic, it can be political,” she added.

“I’m hoping that the resolution is sending a signal to the government that they must proceed with the recommendations which are: investigate properly all the killings that have taken place at the hands of the police, put an end to the brutal war on drugs, adopt a human rights based approach to fighting crimes,” Callamard said.

“What we really, really want is for the government to do the right thing,” she added.