CJ rejects foreign probe into human rights cases

July 19, 2019
Lucas Bersamin

CHIEF Justice Lucas Bersamin yesterday echoed the executive department’s position that the country does not need foreign interference in investigating human rights cases in the country.

Bersamin made the statement when he was asked about the United Nations Human Rights Council resolution calling for an investigation into the human rights situation in the Philippines.

“I am a member of the Judiciary and kailangan kong ipilit sabihin sa ngayon wala naman kami nakikitang dapat na manghimasok na taga-ibang bansa,” Bersamin told reporters Friday.

Also, Bersamin shared Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo’s opinion that the resolution submitted by Iceland on July 4 to the UNHRC was a minority resolution.

Iceland sponsored a resolution urging the UNHRC to probe the human rights situation in the country.

Recently, 18 UNHRC member states, mostly European nations, voted to adopt Iceland’s resolution. A total of 14 voted no, while 15 abstained.

Iceland submitted the draft resolution backed by mainly European countries. The text urged the government to prevent extrajudicial executions and marks the first time that the Human Rights Council is being asked to address the crisis.

Human rights activists said that at least 27,000 have been killed since President Duterte was elected in 2016.