MUST WATCH! Cayetano Binanatan Si UN Special Rapporteur Callamard Sa Harap Ng United Nations Human Rights Council!
UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard impartiality and fairness was questioned by Senator Alan Peter Cayetano before the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Callamard made an "unannounced" visit to the Philippines this weekend to speak before a policy forum on addressing the drug menace.
The said forum was organized by the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG), a human rights lawyers organization in the Philippines currently chaired by Atty. Jose Manuel Diokno.
Cayetano during the UN review, mentioned to the United Nations council about Callamard's tweets and remarks and speech before a public forum.
In Callamard's tweets, the UN special rapporteur qouted Columbia University Prof. Carl Hart stating, "There is no evidence Shabu leads to violence or causes brain damage," while tagging #Philippines drug policy.
"The system of sending special rapporteurs has oftentimes been effective. But sometimes this could create more harm than good especially when human rights is politicized," explained Cayetano.
"Dialogue is effective when there is mutual trust and respect and the aim is constructive engagement. As a general rule, engagement should not be adversarial," the senator added.
"Please look at the tweets and statements of this special rapporteur, your excellencies. If you were Filipino and you read these slides, would you think that the rapporteur is factual, is fair?"Cayetano said.
"I already read the World Health Organization description of the types of drugs in the Philippines yet this rapporteur in a speech in the Philippines cited one doctor saying there is no evidence shabu causes brain damage or leads to violence," he added.
"She may have good intentions but she caused a wave in the Philippines now of parents, brothers, sisters, OFWs who have drug dependents in their family, who have been been violent against them," Cayetano said.
"Now they're saying why is this person, who is an official of the UN telling us that there is no evidence that 'shabu' is associated with violence," he added.
"It is essential that rapporteurs are not only factual, fair and just but they must also appear to be factual, fair and just," Senator Cayetano said.
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