UN human rights chief urges Duterte not to sign the anti-terror bill

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United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has called on President Rodrigo Duterte to “refrain” from signing the anti-terrorism bill during the 44th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council.

Bachelet said that its passage into law would have “a chilling effect on human rights” as she presented the report on the killings and alleged human rights violation in the Philippines.

She also recommended a “broad-based consultation process” to draft legislation that would be effective in fighting terrorism without resorting to extreme measures the bill proposed.

“So I would urge the President to refrain from signing the law and to initiate the broad-based consultation process to draft legislation that can effectively prevent and counter violent extremism, but which contains some safeguards to prevent this misuse against people engaged in peaceful criticism and advocacy,” the UN human rights chief said.

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