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UN sets probe on PHL killings

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MANILA - The United Nations will send a delegation of special rapporteurs to the Philippines to conduct independent probes on extrajudicial killings, escalating human rights violations, government neglect, forced evictions and extreme poverty.
The special rapporteurs will also look specifically into the government’s slow response to issues raised by survivors of super typhoon Yolanda, seven months after the killer typhoon flattened Eastern Visayas, according to Karapatan secretary general Cristina Palabay.
Palabay was one of those who represented the Philippine human rights delegation belonging to the Ecumenical Voice for Peace and Human Rights (EcuVoice) in the 26th United Nations Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva, Switzerland.
“In the first quarter of 2014 , human rights group Karapatan recorded 21 victims of extrajudicial killings and 23 victims of frustrated killings under the... Aquino administration,” Palabay told the UN council, which included Philip Alston, newly appointed UN special rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.
Alston expressed keen interest in looking into the new allegations after he learned that the Aquino administration had done nothing to implement his recommendations, several years after he came out with an official report, Palabay said.
In 2007, Alston, who was then the UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, came to the Philippines to investigate the cases of extrajudicial killings under the Arroyo administration.
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