"Urgent action" needed by Philippines over "spiralling" violations

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Agnès Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions. UN Photo/Jean-Marc Ferré

The government of the Philippines needs to take "urgent action" to address a "spiralling" series of human rights violations, including the summary execution of children.

That's the conclusion of a group of independent UN rights experts, who have issued a joint call to action, in order to protect "many groups" in society threatened by the hard-line government of President Rodrigo Duterte.

Last week, speaking in a televised news conference, he threatened to bomb schools for indigenous Lumad children on the island of Mindanao, claiming they were indoctrinating young students.

The experts said that "severe, multiple human rights violations" were taking place, especially against indigenous peoples and human rights defenders.

Cristina Silveiro spoke to one of the three experts, Special Rapporteur  on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnès Callamard.

Duration: 5'20"

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