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Abella’s statement was a reaction following the criticism of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein who said that “statements of scorn for international human rights law (that) display a striking lack of understanding of our human rights institutions and the principles which keep societies safe.”
Al Hussein also said that “empowering police forces to shoot to kill any individual whom they claim to be a suspect of drug crimes, with or without evidence, undermines justice.” However, Abella insisted that there was no written order.
He said that the PNP and the AFP officers were properly given instructions before they left for their operations. “If you listen to him (Duterte), the statements… his messages are layered and part of this is addressed to criminals… he justified his tendency to threaten criminals. So part of the messaging is really addressed to criminals,” Abella explained.
Meanwhile, Al Hussein emphasized the right of Filipinos to judicial institutions that operate under due process guarantees and police force that serves justice. He also encouraged the administration to invite UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions so the problems could be properly dealt with. ASCS
Palace denies shoot-to-kill order vs drug suspects Reviewed by FilipiNews PH on Saturday, September 17, 2016 Rating: