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Iceland poised to take U.S. seat at United Nations rights council

UNITED NATIONS – The UN General Assembly is set to elect Iceland on Friday, July 13, to the seat left vacant at the Human Rights Council after the United States quit the body over what it charged was anti-Israel bias. The assembly will hold a by-election with Iceland the only candidate ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerJul 12th, 2018

Cayetano hits UNHRC: They prefer ‘misinformation’ than the truth

The Department of Foreign Affairs fired back at the 38-member United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that said the country should assess its human rights situation. Foreign affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Sunday that he was saddened by the stand of the UNHRC despite the invitation given by the Philippines to them. "We regret that Iceland and several other countries maintained their position despite our offer for them to visit the Philippines and objectively asses the human rights situation, especially at the community level," Cayetano said in a statement. "Unfortunately, it seems our friends are really not interested in arriving at the truth and would rather ...Keep on reading: Cayetano hits UNHRC: They prefer ‘misinformation’ than the truth.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

DFA: Critics of drug war a minority in UN rights council

Only 11 countries countries that signed the joint statement calling on the Philippine government to stop alleged abuses in the conduct of the so-called war on drugs are members of the United Nations Human Rights Council, the Department of Foreign Affairs said Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Karapatan calls for removal of Philippines from UN rights body

The United Nations Human Rights Council should remove the Philippines from its ranks and probe the country for alleged human rights violations, rights group Karapatan said Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

Hontiveros to Duterte admin: Heed 38 countries’ call to stop killings

The Duterte administration should heed the call of 38 nations under the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to stop and probe the killings in its drug war, opposition Senator Risa Hontiveros urged on Monday. In a statement, the Akbayan senator said she welcomed the UNHRC's call to the Duterte administration to end the drug war killings and cooperate with international bodies in investigating human rights abuses. READ: 38 nations ask PH: Stop killings, probe abuses "I am happy that more and more countries are adding their voice in the fight to end the climate of killings and impunity in our country," she said. She dubbed as "ridiculous" Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan P...Keep on reading: Hontiveros to Duterte admin: Heed 38 countries’ call to stop killings.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 25th, 2018

US could be right

The United States recent withdrawal from the “cesspool of political bias” United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) — as US Ambassador to the UN Niki Haley described it — made the world turn its head to President Rody Duterte for his reaction. The Philippines has been the main victim of UNHRC’s political bias, particularly from […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

38 UN rights council members urge Philippines to stop drug war deaths

Thirty-eight members of the United Nations Human Rights Council have urged the Philippine government to put an end to alleged rights abuses in its bloody war on drugs, and bow to strong calls for an external investigation into the deadly campaign......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

US Announces Withdrawal from Human Rights Council

WASHINGTON — The United States on Tuesday announced its withdrawal from the UN Human Rights Council, marking the latest departure by the Trump administration from an international institution. US Permanent Representative to the United Nations Nikki Haley said the council had failed to conduct the “major, dramatic and systematic changes” required by the United States. […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Palace to UNHRC: We have been proactive in looking at HR abuses

        Malacaang insisted on Saturday that government does not need to be called out to investigate the country's human rights situation as it has been proactive in looking into cases of abuses particularly on its war on drugs.     Sought for comment regarding the recent call by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) against the government, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said that the government has been doing its job on the issue of human rights.     "Nasabi ko na sa inyo na may imbentaryo kami nung mga napatay diumano sa giyera laban sa droga para malaman namin kung talagang nasunod ba ang tamang pro...Keep on reading: Palace to UNHRC: We have been proactive in looking at HR abuses.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJun 23rd, 2018

Palace: PHL not withdrawing from UN rights council

Unlike treaty ally, the United States, the Philippines has no plans to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which has been increasingly critical of President Rodrigo Duterte’s anti-illegal drugs policy, his spokesperson said Thursday. Source link link: Palace: PHL not withdrawing from UN rights council.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

Philippines won’t follow US withdrawal from UN rights body

The Philippines is not following the United States in its move to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Source link link: Philippines won’t follow US withdrawal from UN rights body.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

Philippines won’t follow US withdrawal from UN rights body

The Philippines is not following the United States in its move to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 22nd, 2018

PH leader won’t do a Trump — Palace

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte won’t do a Trump and withdraw the Philippines from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) . Duterte may have spoken against the UNHRC on several occasions but Malacañang said the Philippine government will not follow the United States government and withdraw from the council. In a….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

Philippines won’t pull out of UN Human Rights Council

President Rodrigo Duterte might have hurled profanity laced tirades against the United Nations and threatened to pull out of the organization in the past but the Philippines will not follow the United States’ move to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, Malacañang said......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 21st, 2018

US leaving UN Human Rights Council — ‘a cesspool of political bias’ – CNN News

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the United States is withdrawing from the UN Human Rights Council […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  mindanaoexaminerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

U.S. withdraws from cesspool UN rights body

WASHINGTON DC, USA – The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, June 19, condemning the "hypocrisy" of its members and its alleged "unrelenting bias" against Israel. The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, came to Washington to announce the decision alongside President Donald Trump's ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

US withdraws from United Nations human rights body

The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday accusing it of a “chronic bias against Israel,” a move that activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult Source link link: US withdraws from United Nations human rights body.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJun 20th, 2018

As Saudis wilt on field, kingdom pursues soccer power grab

By Rob Harris, Associated Press MOSCOW (AP) — The Saudis have ambitions to seize control over parts of international soccer. Losing 5-0 by Russia in the World Cup opener shows they might have bigger problems at home. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had to endure the humiliation in the stadium on Thursday, with Saudi Arabia's mauling in Moscow coming at the hands of a side just below the Saudis in the FIFA rankings. Coach Juan Antonio Pizzi studiously sidestepped a question about whether his federation had been distracted lately. But it has. Just when the Saudis had a first World Cup appearance in 12 years to prepare for, the federation has been mounting a power grab of soccer far beyond the kingdom. What appears the creation of just another bureaucratic institution within the sport could actually have wider ramifications. On its face, the establishment of the South West Asian Football Federation by the Saudis, including the United Arab Emirates and Pakistan, to help to develop the game appears a benevolent undertaking, especially when the existing regional governing body is so vast. "Football is about growth and if you don't grow economically, socially, technically, you will not be moving," Saudi federation president Adel Ezzat told The Associated Press. "It's not enough for us to be in the World Cup. "We have a vision that an Asian country will win the World Cup one day, but there must be a start for that. Football is underdeveloped in many areas in Asia." Is the Asian Football Confederation to blame? "Ambitions have to be higher than winning the Asian Cup," Ezzat said. Confederation president Sheikh Salman, a Bahraini, said he "had no objection to the creation of SWAFF as long as it remains as a football body outside of the AFC's zonal structure." Scratch deeper below the surface and the true objectives of the new body seem a little cloudy. It is unclear why SWAFF is required when there are already regional offshoots of the AFC, including the West Asian Football Federation, which is led by Jordan's Prince Ali bin Al-Hussein who resisted an attempt by the Saudis to seize power of his organization before the new regional force emerged. "It will help Asia and it will help FIFA," Ezzat told The Associated Press. "We don't see anything wrong creating that connection between the south and the west. Football needs to grow." Ezzat maintained that SWAFF had followed the right legal steps to avoid breaching the rules of world football's governing body. Ezzat said FIFA governance committee head Mukul Mudgal had been dispatched by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to the SWAFF meeting on May 31 in Jeddah. The Indian judge denied he was in attendance. SWAFF said the founding members also include Pakistan, Sri Lanka, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Bahrain, Maldives, Yemen, Oman and Kuwait. Oman Football Association General Secretary Said Othman Al Bulushi told the AP his nation was waiting to assess the statutes and legality of the body within FIFA before confirming its membership. The entire Gulf is not in SWAFF. Take a look at the map and three countries in particular are missing: Iran, Qatar and Yemen. "It's not about the geographic map," Saudi federation president Adel Ezzat said. "It's about zones." Could it also be about politics? For three years, a Saudi-led coalition has been trying to drive out Iranian-aligned Shiite rebels known as Houthis from Yemen to break the civil war in the Arab world's poorest nation and restore the exiled government. Across the Gulf, the Saudis are part of a quartet, including the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain, which has spent the last year putting the squeeze on Qatar. Diplomatic ties with the energy-rich country have been severed amid allegations that Qatar supports extremist groups in the region, which Doha denies. The Qataris, though, have plowed ahead with preparations to host an event that will put them at the center of the world's attention: the next World Cup in 2022. Ezzat won't discuss Qatar, or the 2022 World Cup. Turki Al-Sheikh, head of Saudi Arabia's General Sports Authority, has been less circumspect, demanding earlier this year that Qatar be stripped of the hosting rights if corruption around its bid was proven. For now, in Saudi sights is Qatar's flagship sports network, which owns exclusive Middle East and North African rights to the World Cup. The BeIN Sports coverage of the Russia World Cup opener was watched across Saudi Arabia — but on a pirate channel. The beoutQ signal is transmitted by a Riyadh-based satellite provider, whose largest shareholder is the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Still, the BeIN coverage was seized on by Al-Sheikh to threaten legal action against the network for "wrongdoings against KSA, its sports and officials, and for exploiting sports to achieve political goals." In a tweet, Al-Sheikh added Friday that this "proves Saudi authorities' true stance when banning this network from airing on its soil." Soccer's world body, though, is finally intervening. FIFA said it is "exploring all options to stop the infringement of its rights, including in relation to action against legitimate organizations that are seen to support such illegal activities." What FIFA would not say is whether Infantino raised Qatar's concerns when he watched the opener in the Luzhniki Stadium alongside the Saudi crown prince. Infantino has been a keen visitor to Saudi Arabia over the last year, including meeting King Salman, as intrigue has swirled about the country's role in a consortium's plans to underwrite $25 billion to launch a vastly expanded Club World Cup and an international Nations League. "He knows for a fact the importance of Saudi Arabia in the region," Ezzat said. "That's why I believe he is paying a lot of attention to Saudi Arabia. ... That's a very important sign. (FIFA) know this country can play a very important role in the development of football." Infantino, though, said he believed the backing for the new competitions was "not part of a wider Saudi sports grab." The proposals have stalled because of opposition within the council to Infantino's secrecy over the financial backers. Growing football is part of a sweeping "Vision 2030" plan to wean Saudi Arabia off its near-total dependence on oil money. Prince Mohammed is trying to push Saudi Arabia to become a more cosmopolitan nation that appeals to international investors. Ezzat wants to create new soccer competitions under the auspices of SWAFF and invite countries to participate from beyond the region — particularly Europe. "The country is going through an important change," Ezzat said. "Football can be a catalyst for change. The FIFA president I'm sure knows this very well. ... My country can play an important role in football." Just not the Saudi national team at the moment......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 16th, 2018

DFA updates diplomatic community on human rights-related issues in PH

IN preparation for the 38th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council to be held this month, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) updated members of the diplomatic community on human rights-related issues in the Philippines. Foreign Affairs Undersecretary for Policy Enrique A. Manalo held a first follow-up briefing….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 11th, 2018

Sagada council petitions DOJ to drop IPs from terror list

In a resolution passed on April 16 and transmitted to the DOJ on April 17, ths Sagada town council asked DOJ to drop from the list Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur for IPs; Joan Carling, Co-convener of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group on Sustainable Development of the United Nations; Beverly Longid, Global Coordinator of the International Indigenous Peoples Movement for Self-Determination and Liberation; Atty. Jose Molintas Human Rights Lawyer and a former member of the United Nations Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples; Windel Bolinget, Joanna Cariño and Jeanette Ribaya-Cawiding, leaders of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsMay 6th, 2018

Israel pulls out of race for a seat on UN Security Council

      UNITED NATIONS --- Facing an uphill struggle in an election next month, Israel announced Friday it was pulling out of a race for a seat on the U.N. Security Council. Israel was in a three-way contest with Germany and Belgium for two seats representing the Western-democratic group of nations on the U.N.'s most powerful body starting in January. The Security Council has five permanent members --- the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France --- and 10 members elected by the 193-member General Assembly for two-year terms. Israel's U.N. Mission said in a statement Friday that "after consulting with our partners, including our good friends, the S...Keep on reading: Israel pulls out of race for a seat on UN Security Council.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsMay 5th, 2018