United Nations approves resolution to probe Duterte's 'war on drugs'

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Duterte Claims He Faces a Coup 'Because Tempers Are Rising in the Military,' Threatens to Declare Martial Law

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has "very reliable" information that there is a genuine risk of a military coup to oust him from power, according to his spokesperson, and that he could use martial law or the declaration of a revolutionary government to solve the country's problems.

Duterte's three-year so-called drug war has unleashed a surge of bloodshed in the Asian island nation, with reports of nightly slayings of suspects by police and masked gunmen. "And the media will tell them the truth", he told reporters Thursday in Malacanang.

"Member states with a vote at the Council must support it..."

On July 11, the council approved the resolution initiated by Iceland by a vote of 18 to 14, that requests the United Nations human rights office to present a comprehensive report on human rights in the Philippines to the council next June.

Bachelet's spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasani, said the report would offer an opportunity to "get clarity around the contested facts, figures and circumstances" of the drug war.

"The Philippines rejects this resolution", foreign secretary Teodoro Locsin said in a statement.

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The deputy Geneva director for Human Rights Watch, Leila Matar, described the resolution as "a modest but vital" step that "signals the start of accountability for thousands of "drug war"-related killings".

The narrow vote of 18 to 14 countries, with 15 abstentions, at the Human Rights Council in Geneva was immediately hailed as a victory by human rights groups who have long called for global intervention over the rising death toll of President Rodrigo Duterte's three year anti-drugs campaign.

"Thank you Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Fiji, Iceland, Italy, Mexico, Peru, Slovakia, Spain, Ukraine, UK Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and Uruguay for caring about the thousands of our poor countrymen who have been killed in the Philippine government's deadly war on drugs", he said.

Amnesty, which in a new report earlier this week revealed that extrajudicial killings remained rampant, called the decision "a crucial step towards justice and accountability."

Fourteen countries voted against the call, including the Philippines, while 15 abstained.

The drug war launched in 2016 is Duterte's signature initiative and he has often reacted with fury when outsiders raise concerns about the project.

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