GENEVA / ZEID PHILIPPINES

09-Mar-2018 00:00:49
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said recent attacks by Rodrigo Duterte on UN human rights experts were “absolutely disgraceful” adding that such comments make “one believe that the President of the Philippines needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation.” UNTV CH
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STORY: GENEVA / ZEID PHILIPPINES
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 09 MARCH 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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FILE - NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, Palais des Nations exterior

09 MARCH 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press room
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
“These attacks cannot go unanswered. The Human Rights Council must take a strong position. This is absolutely disgraceful that the President of a country could speak in this way, using the foulest of language against a rapporteur that is highly respected. And Really, it makes one believe that the President of the Philippines needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation. This sort of comment really is unacceptable, unacceptable.”
4. Med shot, journalist
5. Med shot, photographer
6. Wide shot, journalists
STORYLINE
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said recent attacks by Rodrigo Duterte on UN human rights experts were “absolutely disgraceful” adding that such comments make “one believe that the President of the Philippines needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation.”

Speaking to reporters in Geneva today (09 Mar), Zeid expressed concern over a petition made by the state prosecutor at the Ministry of Justice in the Philippines on 21 of February which declared the UN Special Rapporteur Victoria Tauli-Corpuz as a terrorist. The petition alleged that the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples and two other Filipino nationals were members of the communist party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army. Zeid said Tauli-Corpuz believes this accusation was in connection to public statements she made in relation to attacks and killings on indigenous nomad peoples in Mindanao.

Zeid said these attacks, along with recent attacks on UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard, are “unacceptable” and called on the Human Rights Council to take a strong position. He said, “This is absolutely disgraceful that the president of a country could speak in this way, using the foulest of language against a rapporteur that is highly respected; really, it makes one believe that the President of the Philippines needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric evaluation.”
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