Result of the Geneva vote posted by the UN Human Rights Council secretariat on Twitter on Thursday.
The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council has approved a resolution calling for an investigation into the mounting deaths in the Duterte administration’s war on drugs.
The secretariat of the council, which met for its 41st session in Geneva, tweeted on Thursday: “The Council decides to adopt the resolution on the #promotion and #protection of #humanrights in the #Philippines with 18 in favor, 14 against and 15 abstentions.”
Among those who voted against the resolution, introduced by Iceland, was China and a number of African and Middle Eastern countries. The Philippine delegation voted “no.”
Aside from Iceland, those who voted “yes” included Argentina, Austria, Australia, Denmark, Italy, Mexico, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Japan, a major trading partner, abstained.
Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr., who had claimed that drug traders would benefit from Iceland’s move, tweeted following the vote: “it is individually, severally and collectively unenforceable because as I told the UN there is no power on earth that can enforce a multilateral judgment on a country with an armed forces.” (PressONE.ph)