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UNHR: “The President-elect (Duterte) fools no one when he says he is not calling on people to be killed.”

June 9, 2016 Leave a comment

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Journalists’ killings: UN experts urge Philippines president-elect to stop instigating deadly violence

GENEVA (6 June 2016) – Two United Nations independent experts on summary executions, and on freedom of expression today urged Philippines president-elect Rodrigo Duterte to stop instigating deadly violence immediately. The experts strongly condemned Mr. Duterte’s recent statements suggesting that journalists are not exempt for assassination.

Speaking at a press conference, Mr. Duterte reportedly stated that most journalists killed in the country have done something wrong. ‘You won’t be killed if you don’t do anything wrong,’ the President-elect said, suggesting that victims were partly to blame for their fate.

“A message of this nature amounts to incitement to violence and killing, in a nation already ranked as the second-deadliest country for journalists,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions, Cristof Heyns. “These comments are irresponsible in the extreme, and unbecoming of any leader, let alone someone who is to assume the position of the leader of a country that calls itself democratic.”

For the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom opinion and expression, David Kaye, “justifying the killing of journalists on the basis of how they conduct their professional activities can be understood as a permissive signal to potential killers that the murder of journalists is acceptable in certain circumstances and would not be punished.”

“This position is even more disturbing when one considers that Philippines is still struggling to ensure accountability to notorious cases of violence against journalists, such as the Maguindanao massacre,” the human rights expert added.

Mr. Duterte is further reported to have questioned the legal guarantees to journalists who are perceived to have made defamatory comments. ‘That can’t be just freedom of speech. The constitution can no longer help you if you disrespect a person,’ the President-elect stated.

“Such provocative messages indicate to any person who is displeased by the work of a journalist or an activist, for example, that they can attack or kill them without fear of sanction,” Mr. Kaye stressed.

The President-elect has also been reported as promising to pay bounties to police and military officials for every drug lord they turn in. ‘I’m not saying that you kill them, but the order is dead or alive,” Mr. Duterte reportedly said in a televised news conference.

“Talk of ‘dead or alive’ has no role to play in any state that claims to uphold human rights in law enforcement,” Special Rapporteur Heyns stressed, while recalling the limits imposed by international instruments on the conduct of law enforcement forces.

“Intentional lethal use of force may only be made when strictly unavoidable in order to protect life and not for common policing objectives,” he said. “The President-elect fools no one when he says he is not calling on people to be killed.”

 

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=20061&LangID=E

UN Study – birth control needed for PH to benefit from eco growth

May 7, 2011 Leave a comment

PH economic growth won’t benefit poor in absence of birth control—UN study

By Ronnel Domingo
Philippine Daily InquirerFirst Posted 19:41:00 05/05/2011

MANILA, Philippines—The Philippines is seen to sustain post-crisis economic growth but this will be “without development” and “(one) that increases poverty” partly due to a large and expanding population, according to a new study from the United Nations.

Data from the Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2011 show that growth of the domestic economy will ease from 7.3 percent in 2010 to a moderate 5.2 percent in 2011.

This is attributed to an expected dampening of remittances from overseas Filipinos—which drive consumption in the country—due to recent events in the Middle East and in Japan.

Renaud Meyer, director of the UN Development Program in the Philippines, noted that the “fairly stable growth” of the Philippine economy in the past 10 years has not made a significant dent in poverty.

Meyer gave keynote remarks in Thursday’s launch of the survey results held at the Astoria Plaza Hotel in Pasig City.

He said that even as income growth has not automatically translated into improvements in the welfare of the poor, the country’s growing population has become a “challenging concern.”

“Poverty in the Philippines may be explained in part by population growth,” Meyer said. “It is therefore imperative that a rational population management policy be enforced by the government immediately, despite vigorous opposition from vigorous lobby groups.”

read in full here: http://globalnation.inquirer.net/news/breakingnews/view/20110505-334778/PH-economic-growth-wont-benefit-poor-in-absence-of-birth-controlUN-study

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