Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

HRC 41 - EU General Comment: Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Philippines

Geneva, 11/07/2019 - 00:00, UNIQUE ID: 190712_5
Statements on behalf of the EU

41st Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council Geneva, 24 June – 12 July 2019 EU General Comment: Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Philippines

I have the honour to speak on behalf of the European Union.

The European Union has repeatedly reiterated its concerns on the human rights situation in the Philippines, including the high death toll and the severe conditions in detention associated with the campaign against illegal drugs. The EU has called for prompt, effective, impartial and transparent investigations of all cases of death.

The EU has also reiterated its call for action to address harassment and killings of human rights defenders, religious leaders, lawyers and journalists and called the attention of the government of the Philippines to its commitments under the convention on the rights of the child, in particular article 40.

The European Union welcomes the fact that the Human Rights Council is able to respond to and address situations of concern raised by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Procedures of the Council.  The situation in the Philippines has consistently been raised by the High Commissioner and Special Procedures over the last years.

We commend the main sponsor for their constructive approach towards a balanced resolution with the main aim of requesting a report by High Commissioner and an enhanced interactive dialogue in the Council, which we think is a constructive way forward for the Council to be further informed about the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines.

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