You are here: Home » PTI Stories » National » News
Business Standard

Philippine president needs 'psychiatric evaluation': UN rights chief

AFP  |  Geneva 

The UN said today that Philippine Rodrigo Duterte, who has launched profanity-laced diatribes against rapporteurs, needs "psychiatric evaluation".

Listing some of Manila's actions against UN envoys, including reportedly filing terrorism charges against one, rights chief Hussein said "it makes one believe that the of the needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation."

Zeid and other UN rights officials have focused significant attention on Duterte's controversial drug war.

Police have killed more than 4,100 drug suspects, but rights groups allege more than 8,000 others have been murdered in what they describe as crimes against humanity.

The UN special rapporteur on extra-judicial killings, Agnes Callamard, has become a particular target over her criticism of his campaign to stamp out illegal drugs.

In an exchange with Manila's envoys in the yesterday, Zeid referred to November from the that quoted threatening to slap Callamard, while using profanity.

"This is absolutely disgraceful that the of a country could speak in this way, using the foulest of language against a rapporteur that is highly respected", Zeid told reporters today.

Zeid also referred to a pending case against the UN's special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous people,

According to Zeid, the Philippine justice ministry charged Carpuz in a regional court last month with terrorism.

has accused Carpuz of "alleged membership of the Communist Party of the and (the) New People's Army", Zeid said.

The New People's Army, which is waging a decades-old Maoist armed rebellion, has been designated a "terrorist organisation" by the

Zeid said that Carpuz believes she has been targeted because of comments she made regarding the alleged killings of indigenous people in the southern region of Mindanao, where has imposed in an effort to curb a jihadist threat.

"This is of course unacceptable for a special rapporteur acting on behalf of the international community whose expertise is sought by the Human Rights Council to be treated in this way", Zeid said.

"These attacks cannot go unanswered," he added.

Duterte, who took office in 2016 and has boasted of killings he claims to have committed personally, has sidelined many of his top domestic critics.

Most recently he has moved against the country's top judge, Maria Lourdes Sereno, who faces all-but-certain impeachment following threats by Duterte over her criticism of the drug war and crackdown on civil rights.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 16:00 IST