[In the news] UNHRC asks Philippine gov’t to release detained Senator De Lima -Inquirer.net

UNHRC asks Philippine gov’t to release detained Senator De Lima

MANILA, Philippines — A working group of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has formally asked the Philippine government to release detained opposition Senator Leila de Lima.

In a 13-page Opinion released to the media on Wednesday, the UNHRC’s Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNHRC-WGAD) said De Lima’s detention was “arbitrary” and “in violation of several provisions of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.”

It added that De Lima’s detention “resulted from her personal conviction and public statements regarding extrajudicial killings in the Philippines” and “of the exercise of her right to take part in government and the conduct of public affairs.”

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