UN special rapporteur on killings sets conditions for PHL visit

Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur, claimed that before she visits the Philippines to probe the extrajudicial killings, she sets first some conditions.

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It was confirmed by Senator Bam Aquino, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), he declared in his statement during the Senate deliberations on the 2017 national budget.

“In the invitation letter [sent by the Philippines], there were some conditions set. She has responded already with her own conditions,” Aquino said.

Read all the conditions below:

1. That the Philippines also extend an invitation to the UN special rapporteur on health;

2. Freedom of movement in the whole country, including whole facilitation of transport, in particular restricted areas;

3. Freedom of inquiry with regard to access to all prisons, detention centers, and places of interrogation;

4. Contacts with central and local authorities;

5. Contacts with representatives of NGOs, private institutions, and the media;

6. Confidential and unsupervised contact with witnesses and other private persons, including persons deprived of their liberty considered necessary to fulfill the mandate of their job;

7. Full access to all documentary material relevant to the mandate;

8. Assurance by the government that persons, whether officials or private individuals who have been in contact with her will not, as a result, suffer threats or punishment or be subjected to judicial proceedings;

9. Appropriate security arrangements without however restricting the freedom of movement of inquiry referred to above.

Meanwhile, Senator Leila de Lima asked what the Philippine Government for visiting the country, President Duterte said, as a condition, a public debate between himself and the UN rapporteur.

According to Aquino, the UN special rapporteur did not reply on the condition of President Duterte.

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