BREAKING: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein Called President Rodrigo Roa Duterte "Ignorant" on the meaning of Human Rights

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein attends the 33rd session
 of the Human Rights Council at the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, September 13, 2016. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

REUTERS: United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein Called President Rodrigo Roa Duterte "Ignorant" on the meaning of Human Rights DURING HIS SPEECH Council in Geneva, Switzerland.

"The President of the Philippines's statements of scorn for international human rights law display a striking lack of understanding of our human rights institutions and the principles which keep societies safe," Al Hussein said.

"Fair and impartial rule of law is the foundation of public confidence and security. Empowering police forces to shoot to kill any individual whom they claim to suspect of drug crimes, with or without evidence, undermines justice. The people of the Philippines have a right to judicial institutions that are impartial, and operate under due process guarantees; and they have a right to a police force that serves justice."

He also urged the Philippines to invite the UN's Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions amid the rising death toll in the Duterte administration's war on drugs.

"My Office is ready to assist, including with respect to rule of law institutions and the prevention and treatment of drug use in accordance with international norms," he said.

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