Published: Mon, March 12, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

Duterte 'Needs Psychiatric Evaluation' - UN Human Rights Head

Duterte 'Needs Psychiatric Evaluation' - UN Human Rights Head

"These attacks can not go unanswered; the United Nations human rights council must take a position", said Zeid.

The spokesman chided Zeid for using strong language against the "democratically-elected" President.

This was not the first time for Zeid to criticize Duterte.

Roque said that by issuing such "very harsh" language against Duterte, Zeid did not only offend the Filipino people but also insulted "all countries (that) have democratically elected their heads of state".

In a speech to Philippine government officials on Wednesday, Duterte said that global human rights agencies have no jurisdiction over him, before uttering the sexist and racist invectives.

"This action of High Commissioner Zeid Ra'ad Al-Hussein is completely uncalled for and demeans not only the Head of State of a Member-State, but tarnishes the reputation of the Office of the High Commissioner".

"I will, however, state that perhaps the UN High Commissioner's language is because of the fact that they have no democracy in his own state of Jordan".

"I will reiterate, however, that such language directed against a democratically elected head of a United Nations member-country is uncalled for and is of course an affront to the sovereignty of the Republic of the Philippines", he added.

Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein hit out at the president after a United Nations human rights investigator was included on a list of more than 600 people declared to be communist terrorists.

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The human rights group Karapatan named roughly a dozen other human rights advocates who were on the list, and Karapatan General Secretary Cristina E. Palabay said that the list was "severely defective as it contains scores of aliases (aka), John and Jane Does so any person can be added later".

On March 8, Duterte described Callamard as the "slim one" and "undernourished" while calling International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda a "black" lawyer.

His concerns were echoed by Michel Forst, the UN's special rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders.

The Department of Justice last month said it wanted a Manila court to declare the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its armed wing, the New People's Army (NPA), "terrorist" bodies, but made no mention of individuals it would also target.

Malacañang on Saturday said the inclusion of Tauli-Corpuz in the government's "terrorist" list is based on intelligence information and not part of a "witch hunt".

"To begin with, the CPP-NPA had already been declared a terrorist group by the US State Department and by the European Union".

"The DOJ would have not filed a petition without evidence that she is a member of, or somehow affiliated with the CPP-NPA", he added.

"Ms. Tauli-Corpuz and the other individuals mentioned in the petition are there due to their membership in or association with the CPP-NPA as reported over the years by the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines", he said.

"The petition is really an attempt to quell criticism and opposition to the administration", Tauli-Corpuz, said on Saturday.

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