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Callamard is no EJK expert — Roque

Presidential spokesman Harry Roque, a former Human Rights lawyer before he became the spokesman of President Duterte and before he became a congressman, criticized United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, killings. summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, stressing that she is more suited to be a special rapporteur in another field.
Roque gave an interview with Super Radyo dzBB, saying that Callamard’s expertise is on freedom of expression.
“I do not understand Agnes Callamard on how she suddenly became an expert on illegal killings because I know her. Her expertise is on freedom of expression. So I will admit that she is an expert on freedom of expression,” he said. “The role she should have taken should have been a special rapporteur on freedom of expression since there is such a post, I really don’t know but for her to assume the post of special rapporteur on extrajudicial killing, I really don’t know since I do not know what her special qualification is on extrajudicial killings,” he added.

“She doesn’t even have any research on extralegal killings,” he added.
Roque said the mere fact that Callamard is not allowed to get into the Philippines shows that she is a failure.
Callamard, the Palace official insisted, is really out to fight the Philippine government.
“The fact that she cannot enter the Philippines to conduct an investigation, that’s an indication that she failed in her work because she is fighting the government,” Roque said.
“Now she can’t investigate here because she needs an invitation before she can do so,” he added.
Roque and Callamard have been trading barbs since the weekend.
Callamard recently defended two Filipino UN rapporteurs Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Cecilia Jimenez-Damary whom Roque warned not to “use their positions to embarrass the Philippine government.”
Callamard hit back, saying: “We will not be silenced by lies nor intimidated by anyone’s bully pulpit.”
“We are appointed by the UN Human Rights Council as independent experts on the basis of our proven expertise and experience. We are NOT United Nations staff. We are volunteers who serve in our personal capacity and receive no remuneration. We do NOT take on our roles at the ‘behest’ of any government,” she stressed.
“I commend my fellow Special Rapporteurs, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Cecilia Jimenez-Damary, for implementing their mandates independently, impartially, accurately, and courageously. We will not be silenced by lies nor intimidated by anyone’s bully pulpit,” Callamard said in a statement.
Roque fails facts—Callamard
Callamard also said Roque “fails facts once again” when he said that special rapporteurs were elected to their posts during the administration of former President Benigno Aquino.
But Roque refuted Callamard’s remarks and pointed out that the UN Human Rights Council’s 30 member states need to agree on their appointed special rapporteurs.
“This is why, when I said they have been elected, I was correct. The UN Rights Council appoints but the priocess of appointing needs an agreement between the state and the body of Human Rights Council. What is that called if not an election?”, he said.
Duterte earlier said he would only allow Callamard’s visit for a probe under three conditions: a public debate between the two of them, the President should be able to ask his own questions, and the Special Rapporteur should be questioned under oath. Callamard, however, said these conditions go against their Code of Conduct. 

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