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Agnes Callamard, the U.N. special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, has proven herself as not an objective observer in contributing to the so-called vicious noise meant to weaken President Duterte’s hold on power.
As far back as August, 2016 or a month after Rody assumed the presidency, Callamard was already spewing extrajudicial killings (EJK) against Rody.
She said the launching of the anti-narcotics campaign does not absolve the government from international legal obligations and does not shield state actors or others from responsibility for EJKs.
“The State has a legally binding obligation to ensure the right to life and security of every person in the country, whether suspected of criminal offenses or not,” she added.
She then indicated the forming of a team to probe the EJK allegations while demanding that the government assure cooperation from the government and the safety of the group.
Rody then issued a counter-demand which was that Callamard hold a public debate with him, that he can question the findings, and that she takes an oath before answering questions from government officials and government.
The Palace issued a new condition for the conduct of a UN probe on the EJK allegations saying it would be welcomed if Callamard would have no part in it.
The reason given against Callamard was that she had already prejudged the allegations against Rody.
It would be up to the UN to respond to the demand since, according to presidential spokesman Harry Roque, a former human rights lawyer, any investigation to be carried out by the U.N. should be agreed to by the state. Under international law, no one can compel any country from agreeing to an investigation, he said.
Also in May last year, Callamard apparently taunted Rody by attending an academic forum in the country unannounced.
Her visit happened days prior the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United Nations (UN) on its members’ compliance with human rights protection standards.
Calamard is also director of the Columbia Global Freedom of Expression, Columbia University in the US, and is considered as part of the so-called Columbia connection of whom prominent Filipinos and Filipino-Americans who are rabid critics of Mr. Duterte are part.
The network is believed strongly behind the ICC effort to hold a preliminary examination on the crimes against humanity complaint filed by the chief critics of Rody led by Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV.
Callamard’s sincerity was questioned by the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) which noted that the UN rights expert knew that the UPR is scheduled and his sudden appearance in the country was obviously meant to drum up antagonism against Mr. Duterte.
The latest Callamard irritation fired at Rody was her turning into an unlikely medical expert in concluding from “evidence from around the world” that the war on drugs “has a very negative impact on the rate of infection for various diseases, from tuberculosis to hepatitis and HIV.”
She said “there will be secondary deaths that will be very difficult to monitor and quantify.”
She added that with drug use demonized and police acting with impunity, “some drug users stay away from support and testing services out of fear, making it tough to track infection rates.”
She then cited a report that the Philippines has the fastest-growing HIV infection rate in the Asia-Pacific region and that a recent Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) study found that HIV cases more than doubled between 2010 and 2016, from 4,300 to 10,500.
It added that roughly 50 percent of Cebu city’s injected drug users are living with HIV.
With the list of allegations against Rody and his war on drugs, Callamard is not expected to come up with an objective result on her desired probe.


  • Lorie

    Callamard is a crook. She uses her position in the UN to exact bribe money from political parties who want to advance their crooked agenda like the yellows.

    Lorie Sunday, 04 March 2018 08:49 Comment Link
  • The Eye

    I really don’t what to comment on this idiotic Lady.

    The Eye Thursday, 01 March 2018 22:57 Comment Link

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