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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: rappler rapplerJun 20th, 2018

US withdraws from UN rights council–Haley

The United States has withdrawn from the UN Human Rights Council, US ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday, branding the global body a “cesspool of political bias.” Source link link: US withdraws from UN rights council–Haley.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated 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

Uighurs’ supporters march as China faces rights review at UN

GENEVA --- Supporters of China's Muslim Uighur minority are demonstrating in Geneva as the UN's top human rights body examines the country's rights record in a regular review. Advocacy groups including Human Rights Watch want the Human Rights Council to press Chinese authorities on issues like use of mass detention centers in the western Xinjiang region where many Uighurs live. Some foreign officials and rights groups have criticized China's use of so-called "vocational training centers," which they say aim to strip the Uighurs of their religion and ethnic identity. Tuesday's review of China is part of the Human Rights Council's universal period review process under which ea...Keep on reading: Uighurs’ supporters march as China faces rights review at UN.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 6th, 2018

UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo of Cuba

UNITED NATIONS --- The UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly Thursday to approve a resolution condemning the American economic embargo of Cuba after rejecting proposed US amendments strongly criticizing the lack of human rights in the country. The vote on the Cuban-sponsored resolution in the 193-member world body was 189-2 with no abstentions. The US and Israel voted "no" and Moldova and Ukraine did not vote. In separate votes on the proposed US amendments, Ukraine and Israel were the only countries to join the US in voting "yes" on all eight measures while the Marshall Islands backed one amendment. Some 114 countries voted against the amendments and about 65 abstained. ...Keep on reading: UN votes overwhelmingly to condemn US embargo of Cuba.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 1st, 2018

PH gov’t election to UN rights body does not absolve Duterte of accountability for rights abuses

A human rights organization said the recent election of the Philippine government to the United Nations Human Rights Council does not in any way absolve President Rodrigo Duterte of gross human rights violations amid claims that it goes to show how human rights is respected here......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsOct 21st, 2018

‘PH gov’t election to UN rights body does not absolve Duterte of accountability for rights abuses’

A human rights organization said the recent election of the Philippine government to the United Nations Human Rights Council does not in any way absolve President Rodrigo Duterte of gross human rights violations amid claims that it goes to show how human rights is respected here......»»

Category: newsSource:  davaotodayRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Palestinians win U.N. backing to lead developing country bloc

UNITED NATIONS – The Palestinians won backing Tuesday, October 16, to lead the biggest bloc of developing countries at the United Nations, raising their profile at the world body despite opposition from the United States. The General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to grant the observer-state of Palestine temporary rights to act ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 17th, 2018

Malacañang Hails PH Reelection to UN Rights Body

Malacañang on Saturday welcomed a report that the Philippines was granted another three-year term in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC),calling it a proof that the UN recognizes the government’s respect for human rights. Despite criticism against the Duterte administration’s aggressive campaign against illegal drugs, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said the Philippines […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  metrocebuRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

Panelo: PH beacon of rights

Ignoring brickbats from human rights advocates, Malacaang on Sunday insisted that the election of the Philippines to the UN Human Rights Council signified international acknowledgment of the Duterte administration's bloody war on drugs. Presidential legal counsel and spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the Philippines' retention of its seat in the top human rights body showed that other nations regarded the country as observant and respectful of human rights. "Like I said, the reelection of the Philippines [to] the UN Human Rights Council is a recognition of our country's respect for human rights as well as measures taken by the government against illegal drugs," he said in an interv...Keep on reading: Panelo: PH beacon of rights.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 15th, 2018

EDITORIAL - A seat in the UN rights council

If a country belongs to the international body whose mandate is to promote and protect all human rights around the planet, it is expected to serve as a model in pursuing that mission......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

Philippines wins seat in UN human rights body

Despite opposition from an international human rights organization, the Philippines has succeeded in its re-election bid for a seat in the 47-member United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC)......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 14th, 2018

PH says seat at U.N. rights body validates drug war

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Saturday, October 13, claimed that the country's reelection to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is a recognition that the government respects human rights and does not tolerate abuse by those in authority. Newly-appointed Palace Spokesperson Salvador ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

CHR tells gov’t to tackle EJKs after PH gets into UN Human Rights Council

The Commission on Human Rights reiterated on Saturday its call for the government to address human rights violations following the country's election to the United Nations Human Rights Council. "Earning a seat in the said Council, however, puts pressure on the Philippine government to address numerous allegations of human rights violations, starting with the growing cases of extrajudicial killings purportedly linked to the government's campaign against illegal drugs," the commission said in a statement. The commission said the country must fulfill its mandate to promote and protect human rights for its citizens. "The Philippines' credibility to be part of this body rests on its ...Keep on reading: CHR tells gov’t to tackle EJKs after PH gets into UN Human Rights Council.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

PH in UNHRC shows int’l ‘confidence’ on Duterte admin’s rights record

  The Philippines' election to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is an indication of the international community's "confidence" on the "human rights record of the Duterte administration," Foreign Affairs Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano said Saturday. Cayetano hailed the country's selection to the UNHRC, an inter-governmental body tasked to promote and protect human rights around the world. The Philippines garnered 165 of the 192 votes to secure a seat in the rights body during the UN General Assembly last Friday. The Philippines is one of the 17 member-states, which would serve a term in the UNHRC from 2018 to 2020. In a statement, Cayetano thanked human rights a...Keep on reading: PH in UNHRC shows int’l ‘confidence’ on Duterte admin’s rights record.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Cayetano hails Philippines’ uncontested election to UN rights body

The Philippines’ successful bid to win a seat in the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) shows member-states remain “convinced” that the government respects human rights, the country’s top diplomat said Saturday, amid simmering criticisms from rights groups......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 13th, 2018

Philippine vows to champion human rights

The Philippines has vowed to champion human rights as Manila bids to serve in the United Nations rights body for another term from 2019 to 2021......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsOct 7th, 2018

New U.N. panel to prepare indictments over Myanmar atrocities

GENEVA, Switzerland – The UN Human Rights Council voted Thursday, September 27, to set up a panel to prepare criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, amid allegations of genocide against the Rohingya minority. The top UN rights body voted to "establish an ongoing independent mechanism to collect, consolidate, preserve ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 28th, 2018

PHL, China, Burundi votes vs. UN resolution to probe alleged Myanmar rights abuses

The UN Human Rights Council voted on Thursday to set up a body to prepare evidence of human rights abuses in Myanmar, including possible genocide, for any future prosecution. Source link link: PHL, China, Burundi votes vs. UN resolution to probe alleged Myanmar rights abuses.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

New UN panel to prepare indictments over Myanmar atrocities

GENEVA, Switzerland – The UN Human Rights Council voted Thursday, September 27, to set up a panel to prepare criminal indictments over atrocities committed in Myanmar, amid allegations of genocide against the Rohingya minority. The top UN rights body voted to "establish an ongoing independent mechanism to collect, consolidate, preserve ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2018

Palace shrugs off IPT’s ‘guilty verdict’ vs Duterte as ‘sham decision’

      Malacaang on Thursday dismissed as a mere "sham decision" the recent findings by the International People's Tribunal (IPT) that found President Rodrigo Duterte guilty of human rights violations. "That's a sham decision. It has no official sanction. The validity of the findings will depend on the credibility of the tribunal. I'm in this field of law, I do not know who sat there," Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told reporters in a Palace briefing. "They appear to be a propaganda body of the international left and therefore we set it aside as being a useless piece of propaganda against the government," he added. The complaint, according to s...Keep on reading: Palace shrugs off IPT’s ‘guilty verdict’ vs Duterte as ‘sham decision’.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 20th, 2018