Palace Formally Invites UN Rapporteur Agnes Callamard to Investigate Killings


The Palace confirmed today that an invitation has been sent to United Nations rapporteur Agnes Callamard to probe the killings in the country that are drug-related.

Presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella revealed that they have yet to receive a response from Callamard.

“Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said the Palace has sent the invitation to the UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard and is awaiting her response,” Abella said.

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Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur (Photo: Inquirer)

Abella furthermore stated that the invitation stated that Callamard should also investigate the deaths of law enforcers by drug suspects so she could have an in-depth report and a better understanding on the ongoing war on drugs.

“In its invitation, the Palace also urged—and I think it is notable—the UN rapporteur to include in her investigation the killings of law enforcers by drug suspects so she could obtain an accurate perspective of the drug problem in the country,” he said.

No further details with regard to the content of the invitation were revealed. The invitation, on the other hand, has yet to be published to the public.

It can be recalled that President Rodrigo Duterte , during his 100th day, announced that letters of invitation were already written for UN, United States, and the European Union to visit the country and investigate the war on drugs.

However, President Duterte revealed that he has once condition for these people: They should allow him to ask questions after.

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It was on August of this year when Callamard and Dainius Puras said that the government should judge drug-trafficking offences through the court of law and “not by gunmen on the streets.”

Callamard is the UN’s new special rapporteur on issues related to summary, extrajudicial, or arbitrary executions. According to OHCHR, Callamard has a “distinguished career in human rights and humanitarian work globally.” The special rapporteurs are part of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council.


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