The President of the Philippines has urged reforms in international institutions, calling them “a product of a bygone era,” while seemingly dismissive of the investigation by the International Criminal Court.
The President of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, showed a typical combative tone when addressing the United Nations, insisting that the Philippines will pursue the killings after the United Nations-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) starts investigating the killings. The “responsibility” of the wrongdoers in the deadly so-called drug war. .
Duterte delivered a video speech at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. This is his last term as president. Just a few days ago, the International Criminal Court officially authorized the suspected “murder against humanity” related to his “drug war”. survey.
Duterte defended his policy in his speech, saying that those who were found to have “behaviour beyond the scope of Philippine law” will be held accountable, while indirectly rejecting the International Criminal Court’s investigation.
He added that he has ordered a review of the campaign and the Justice Department is reviewing the files of suspected drug dealers.
Duterte also stated that his government is cooperating with the UN Human Rights Council to investigate these cases.
The latest data released by the Philippine government in June showed that as of the end of April 2021, at least 6,117 suspected drug dealers had been killed in police operations. But human rights organizations and activists say that this number could be as high as 30,000, and many were executed summary executions, including children.
‘Crimes against humanity’
Duterte has previously stated that he will not succumb to foreign courts and that the Philippines will not cooperate with the International Criminal Court’s investigation into the so-called war on drugs.
On Tuesday, he seemed to say when referring to the investigation: “A meaningful change must come from the heart if it is to be lasting.”
“To impose one person’s will on another-no matter how noble the intentions-has never worked in the past. And it will never be in the future.”
In recent days, human rights organizations have claimed that Duterte is “verbally” in an investigation to avoid international prosecution.
Duterte at the United Nations:
*”Those who are out of bounds (in #drugwar) Will be held accountable”
* The Philippines-United Nations Rights Program is “a model of constructive participation”
* Only 1 out of 1,000 police homicides has been resolved
* PH-UN plan did not stop violence pic.twitter.com/Q5Wb4WaLY1
— Carlos H. Kant🇵🇭 (@condeHRW) September 21, 2021
Duterte ran for president in 2016 on the single issue of fighting crime in the Philippines. During the campaign and later as president, he repeatedly urged the police to “kill” drug suspects.
The outgoing Philippine president also used his speech to call for reform of the United Nations and criticize the Security Council.
“Democracy and transparency are concerns that reverberate in the UN lobby, but ironically, the Security Council, the apex of your structure, violates every principle of these values. Its presentation and process are neither democratic nor transparent,” Duterte Said especially in the recording.
The five permanent members of the Security Council—China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States—have veto power. The remaining 10 seats are rotated among UN member states every two years.
During his nearly six years in power, the Philippine leader repeatedly lashed out at the United Nations, calling it “useless” and threatening to “burn” the organization. He also personally insulted UN officials, calling the former head of human rights Zaid Ra’ad Hussa an “idiot” and calling the former human rights investigator Agnes Karamad a “fool” and a “prostitute” “.
On Tuesday, Duterte expressed the need for “effective global governance”, and the United Nations failed to complete this task.
“The United Nations is a product of a long past. It no longer reflects today’s political and economic realities,” he said.
“If the United Nations is to lead the world out of the many crises we face, things need to change. The United Nations must empower itself through self-reform. This is the hope of mankind.”