UN Human Rights Council adopts resolution on PHL

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council (HRC) has adopted the resolution initiated by Iceland seeking to promote and protect human rights in the Philippines.

The resolution seeks for a comprehensive report on human rights in the Philippines prepared by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to be presented June 2020.

It also calls for Philippines “to take all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, to carry out impartial investigations and to hold perpetrators accountable in accordance with international norms and standards on due process and the rule of law.”

The UN HRC voted 18-14-15 adopting the said resolution during its forty-first regular session, June 24 through July 12, 2019.

“#HRC41 The Council decides to adopt the resolution on the #promotion and #protection of #humanrights in the #Philippines with 18 in favour, 14 against and 15 abstentions. @UNGeneva,” the UN HRC Secretariat said in a Twitter post.

Those who voted yes were: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, and Uruguay.

For no: Angola, Bahrain, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Hungary, India, Iraq, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Somalia.

Those who abstained are: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Chile, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Japan, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa, Togo, and Tunisia.