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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Needs "Psychiatric Evaluation": UN Rights Chief

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte Needs

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte's slurs against United Nations human rights activists suggest he needs to see a psychiatrist, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Al-Hussein told a news conference on Friday.

"We are shocked that the Special Rapporteur is being targeted because of her work defending the rights of indigenous peoples", Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Michel Forst and Coordination Committee of the Special Procedures Chair Catalina Devandas Aguilar said in a statement. "This kind of comment is unacceptable, unacceptable", Al-Hussein said.

Zeid has also criticized the Philippine state prosecutor for issuing a petition last month declaring the special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, and two other Philippine national experts on the subject, as terrorists. Al Hussein added, "This is absolutely disgraceful that the president of a country could speak this way, using the foulest of language against a rapporteur that is highly respected". "Human rights, human rights, son of a bitch, human rights", he fumed.

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein demanded that the Human Rights Council, which counts the Philippines among its 47 member countries, "must take a strong position" on the issue, and insisted "these attacks can not go unanswered".

Tauli-Corpuz denounced the government, calling the complaint "baseless, malicious and irresponsible".

According to her colleagues, the accusations came after her public criticism of killings and attacks on the Lumad people by members of the Philippine armed forces in Mindanao. The president of the Philippines needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation.

"Human rights, human rights, son of a bitch, human rights", Duterte said angrily in a mix of Filipino and English.

"The world actually needs more Dutertes", Cayetano said, describing the Philippine president as a leader with empathy who's ready to sacrifice his life to protect the people.




"Ang hindi po mapatawad natin e si Callamard, pumasok ng Pilipinas uninvited and made her conclusions na para bagang nag-imbestigasyon na siya (What we can not forgive is that when Callamard went to the Philippines, uninvited and made her conclusions as if she investigated)", Roque said.

The petition claimed that rebels were trying to overthrow the government by "using acts of terror" to sow fear and panic.

He said Tauli-Corpuz and the others were named in the court petition "because of their membership in or association with the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army as reported over the years" by the Philippine police and military.

Duterte ended peace talks with the communists in November, saying that the guerrillas had reneged on their commitment to peace when its members continued with attacks despite the peace talks.

"Government accusations that global human rights experts have links to the NPA seek to undermine the valuable work they do to promote accountability for rights abuses", Asia division researcher for HRW Carlos Conde said in a statement.

"Government accusations that global human rights experts have links to the NPA seek to undermine the valuable work they do to promote accountability for rights abuses", Conde said.

He said the Duterte administration could not forgive Callamard when she visited the Philippines in May 2017, even though she was "uninvited".

In a statement from the Netherlands, Sison said Duterte's move effectively kills any prospects of resuming peace negotiations.