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200 of the 297 UN recommendations on human rights are accepted by PH.

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According to Department of Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla, who led the team, the nation will take recommendations made during the recently completed fourth cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Philippines’ human rights situation in Geneva, Switzerland.

In a Friday interview, Remulla stated that the Philippines has accepted 200 of the suggestions. The country has until December to provide its position on the 297 recommendations made during the UPR, a procedure run by the UN Human Rights Council.

“What we did not were those that were) culturally abhorrent,” Remulla added. “‘Yung hindi lang natin tinanggap diyan.”

Remulla claimed that they objected to the classification of deaths caused by drug wars as extrajudicial executions and the availability of over-the-counter contraceptives.

“We shouldn’t draw a conclusion. When something occurs, we draw our own conclusions about the facts and the law. That’s not what we do, he said.

Remulla reaffirmed that the government is already looking into suspicious deaths related to the war on drugs.

“We are already taking steps to address it. We’re taking action in response to the reported killings in the drug war, he added.

He stated that prior to rejoining the ICC, all relevant parties must be consulted.

They advise us to rejoin the ICC, according to their advice. You already need to consult with every sector on that. I need to speak with (Rodrigo) Duterte, the previous president. I must speak with the Senate. As far as we are concerned, we are not Sudan or an African country in turmoil with no government in charge, therefore I have to contact everyone who wishes to look into rejoining the ICC, he said.

“We always consider whether something is feasible, useful, or advantageous for our nation. We don’t just say, “I’ll do it because I said so,” and do it.

All 193 UN countries’ human rights records are periodically reviewed as part of the UPR, which also gives each state the chance to discuss its efforts to advance human rights.

During the 41st session of the UPR Working Group, which ended on November 18, the Philippines participated alongside 13 other nations: Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Ecuador, Finland, India, Indonesia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, South Africa, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom.

Additionally, the Philippines took part in the UPR in 2008, 2012, and 2017.

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