United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday, June 24, expressed concern over the “extraordinarily high number of deaths” in the Philippines in the context of President Rodrigo Duterte’s continuing anti-illegal drugs campaign.
“Even the officially confirmed number of 5,425 deaths would be a matter of most serious concern for any country,” she said in a statement delivered during the 41st session of the council in Geneva, Switzerland.
“My office is following the situation of human rights in the Philippines very closely,” Bachelet added.
The number cited in the rights chief’s statement only covers suspected drug personalities killed during police operations, as stated by the government. Human rights groups peg the total death toll to more than 20,000 to include those killed vigilante-style. (READ: The Impunity Series)
Out of all the killings, Rappler found that the government has let thousands go unsolved.
Bachelet also said she supports the calls of UN special rapporteurs for the UN Human Rights Council to conduct an independent investigation into the killings.
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