China defends Duterte from UN, calls for “respect of PH’s sovereignty”

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  • China defended Duterte from UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • In a statement, China praised Duterte’s efforts in trying to combat illegal drugs, crimes and terrorism
  • UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein stated that Duterte needs to undergo psychiatric evaluation

China decided to take a stand against the United Nations human rights chief and hailed President Rodrigo Duterte. The powerful nation praised the efforts of the Philippine President to curb illegal drugs, crimes and terrorism in the country.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang was quoted by GMA in a press briefing stating, “Anyone without bias can see that President Duterte has made positive efforts since assuming office to combat drug-related crimes as well as terrorism, develop the national economy, and improve people’s livelihood, which have effectively protected and promoted the Philippine people’s fundamental rights to security and development.”

Lu continued that the international community, including the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, should learn to “respect the sovereignty of the Philippines and the will of its people, view the outcomes of the Philippines’ fight against drug and terrorism in a comprehensive, unbiased and objective way.”

“As an agency of the UN, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is expected to fulfill its duties within the framework set out by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter,” Lu said.

This came after UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein stated that President Duterte needs to “submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation.”

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