Rodrigo Duterte needs 'psychiatric examination', United Nations human rights chief says

Rodrigo Duterte needs 'psychiatric examination', United Nations human rights chief says

Rodrigo Duterte needs 'psychiatric examination', United Nations human rights chief says

The Commission on Human Rights urges the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte to stop attacking human rights defenders.

"The UN Human Rights Council must take a position". They are coming here.

The United Nations has rebuked the Philippine government for attacking one of the organisation's rights experts, with the UN rights chief saying President Rodrigo Duterte was in need of a psychiatric evaluation.

"These attacks can not go unanswered, the UN Human Rights Council must take a position", Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein said, after Duterte's government sought to get a UN investigator, a former Philippine lawmaker and four former Catholic priests declared as "terrorists".

"The Commission, however, notes that expressions of concern on the human rights situation in the country should not be construed as partiality". Do you have crocodiles here, the ones that really eat humans?

"If you answer their questions, it will be freewheeling, it is recorded", he said.

The decision marks an about-face by Mr Duterte, who initially welcomed a preliminary ICC examination announced last month into a complaint, filed by a Philippine lawyer, that accuses him and top officials of crimes against humanity, committed during a war on drugs that has killed thousands of people.

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"These attacks can not go unanswered". "[Duterte] needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination".

"This kind of comment is unacceptable, unacceptable".

Critics said Duterte in his public pronouncements ordered or encouraged policemen to kill those involved in drug trafficking, resulting in thousands of alleged extrajudicial killings.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein defended the independence, impartiality and expertise of special rapporteurs in the face of smear and hate campaigns, some involving incitement to violence.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) made it clear to the Duterte administration its concern over the government's "consistent questioning of the legitimacy of worldwide human rights mechanisms" when these bodies are only "ensuring the rule of law and human rights in the country".

"I therefore declare and forthwith give notice... that the Philippines is withdrawing its ratification of the Rome Statute effective immediately", Duterte said in a statement.

Roque said the remarks came at an inappropriate time, considering that talks on a possible investigation by the UN is being discussed by the Foreign Affairs Department and the UN Secretary General.

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