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Iceland filed a draft resolution to the UN Human Rights Council, calling on them to launch an investigation into the controversial 'war on drugs' waged in the Philippines under Rodrigo Duterte.

The UN's 47-member Human Rights Council supported a resolution led by Iceland that turned a spotlight on wide-ranging abuses, including killings; enforced disappearances; arbitrary arrests; and persecution of rights activists, journalists, lawyers and members of the political opposition.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday skewered Reykjavik for pushing a United Nations resolution to investigate his administration's bloody war on illegal drugs, by saying that Icelanders "just go about eating ice" and suggesting they are not exposed to crime.

Locsin Jr., said the UN Human Rights Council's decision Thursday "flies in the face of everything the Philippines has worked for when it founded the Human Rights Council". It also calls on the Philippines to take all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings.

It also urges the United Nations human rights office to prepare a written report on the Philippines for consideration at the Human Rights Council's summer session next year.

"We are fortunate enough to enjoy human rights in Iceland, which we take for granted", Thordarson later said in an interview with mbl.is, an Icelandic news organization.

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

Locsin said "there will be consequences" for Western countries pushed for the probe.

Earlier in the week, Amnesty International released a report denouncing the illegal drugs crackdown in the Philippines as a 'large-scale murdering enterprise victimising mostly poor people that should be investigated by the UN.

"The resolution is grotesquely one-sided, outrageously narrow, and maliciously partisan", Panelo said in a lengthy statement issued overnight.

"But we will not tolerate any form of disrespect or acts of bad faith", he said. Latest figures from the national police show that 6,600 suspected dealers and addicts have died in encounters in the past three years, while rights groups claim that many thousands more have been killed by vigilantes linked to police.

The exact number of deaths in Duterte's violent war on drugs can not be verified, but at least 6,000 have died since he launched the campaign upon taking office in mid-2016, in operations the police said suspects were armed and fought back. Other efforts domestically, regionally and internationally will likewise move forward, the aggregate of which will hopefully bring out the changes in policy and in leadership that prioritizes human and people's rights. There will be consequences: far-reaching ones. "Police reportedly accused him of using the girl as a shield, which her mother denied". "Let them state their goal and I will review, he told reporters Thursday, CNN Philippines reported".

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