UN panel asks Philippine gov't to free De Lima - Controversial Files

Friday, December 14, 2018

UN panel asks Philippine gov't to free De Lima

A working group of the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) has asked the Philippine government to release Sen. Leila de Lima, who it said was detained due to her remarks about the administration's war on drugs, her camp said Wednesday.

In a 13-page opinion paper, the UNHRC-WGAD stated that De Lima's detention is a violation of some of the provisions in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

"The Working Group considers that, taking into account all the circumstances of the case, the appropriate remedy would be to release Ms. De Lima immediately and accord her an enforceable right to compensation and other reparations, in accordance with
international law, including her reinstatement in the positions from which she was ousted," it read.

It said the Duterte administration has shown "unfavorable intentions" toward the opposition senator, adding that De Lima's right to fair trial was violated.

The UNHRC-WGAD further claimed that the senator was subjected to trial by publicity during the hearing about the alleged drug trade within the premises of New Bilibid Prison during the time of De Lima as Justice Secretary.