Rodrigo Duterte needs 'psychiatric examination', United Nations human rights chief says


"I reiterate the United Nations is an organization consisting of states and as such all UN officials can not deal with elected leaders of member nations in a manner that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights did", he added.

"Anyone without bias can see that President Duterte has made positive efforts since assuming office to combat drug-related crimes as well as terrorism, develop the national economy, and improve people's livelihood which have effectively protected and promoted the Philippine people's fundamental rights to security and development", he said.

Two other United Nations special rapporteurs, Michel Forst and Catalina Devandas Aguilar, expressed "grave concern" about Ms Tauli-Corpuz being on the list, and said she was being punished by Mr Duterte for speaking against some of his policies.

Following the inclusion of a UN special rapporteur on a terrorist watchlist released by the Philippine Supreme Court, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called Duterte's behaviour "absolutely disgraceful" and said he needed to submit himself for "psychiatric evaluation".

"When it comes to human rights, or whoever rapporteur it is, my order to you: Do not answer". In November, the 72-year-old threatened to slap Callamard if she implicates him in the extrajudicial killings.

There was no basis for the charge of terrorism, said Mr Sison, who was a mentor of Mr Duterte when he was at university, although the two are now bitter rivals. Because you yourself do not believe in the research of your own organization.

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A senior Malacanang Palace official defended the inclusion of a United Nations rapporteur, a Filipino citizen, in the list of 600 alleged communist leaders and members whom the government wanted to be declared as "terrorists" by the court. She accused Duterte of targeting the United Nations official due to her criticism of alleged killings of indigenous people in the Mindanao region, where Duterte imposed martial law a year ago, to battle an Islamist insurgency.

It included Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, who was listed as a senior member of a Maoist rebel group. He stopped doing this just a few months later after he said he was being repeatedly attacked by the New People's Army, claiming in its petition to the court that they are "using acts of terror to sow fear and panic to overthrow the government".

"The [Philippine] Government has a duty to uphold human rights and to engage with persons appointed by this Council", Zeid said. Also listed were four former Catholic priests and former Filipino congressman Satur Ocampo.

"[But] we have made our position clear on the matter of special rapporteurs".

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