Lapses in the drug war
The Philippine Star|February 27, 2021
Declaring what has been obvious for the past years, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra admitted before the United Nations Human Rights Council this week that law enforcement protocols were not followed in police anti-narcotics operations that led to deaths.

Reporting the preliminary findings of a review conducted by the Department of Justice, Guevarra, speaking from Manila, told the 46th regular session of the UNHRC in Geneva, Switzerland that there was no proper testing of guns allegedly recovered from drug suspects who were killed ostensibly for resisting arrest.

Critics of the drug war have claimed such guns were often planted on the slain persons, and several reports pointed to the recycling of such firearms by police. Guevarra said in most cases, there was no effort to trace the ownership of the guns.

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the newspaper

MORE STORIES FROM THE PHILIPPINE STARView All

Saso Banks P2.6 Million For Joint 6th

Yuka Saso sealed her best achievement in the LPGA so far – a joint sixth-place finish – after firing a closing two-under 70 in the Lotte Championship Saturday at Kapolei Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii.

2 mins read
The Philippine Star
April 19, 2021

Bayer Phl Builds Vegetable Farm In Laguna

German pharmaceutical and agricultural firm Bayer has built a second vegetable farm in the Philippines in line with its push for sustainable farming.

1 min read
The Philippine Star
April 19, 2021

Japan: Pfizer Agrees To Supply Additional Covid Vaccines

TOKYO (Reuters) – Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla has agreed to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s request to supply additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, the vaccine minister of Japan said yesterday.

2 mins read
The Philippine Star
April 19, 2021

‘Australia In No Hurry To Reopen Borders'

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Australia is in no hurry to reopen its international borders and risk the country’s nearly coronavirus-free lifestyle, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday.

1 min read
The Philippine Star
April 19, 2021

Israel Ends Outdoor Mask-Wearing

JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel rescinded the mandatory wearing of face masks outdoors and fully reopened schools yesterday in the latest return to relative normality, boosted by a mass vaccination campaign against the COVID-19 pandemic.

2 mins read
The Philippine Star
April 19, 2021

Queen Elizabeth bids farewell to ‘strength and stay' Prince Philip

Queen Elizabeth II bids a final farewell to her late husband, Prince Philip, on Saturday, at a funeral restricted by coronavirus rules but reflecting his long life of military and public service.

4 mins read
The Philippine Star
April 18, 2021

P1.2-B giant clams seized in Palawan

At least 200 tons of fossilized giant clams with an estimated market value of P1.2 billion were seized from four persons in Roxas, Palawan on Friday.

1 min read
The Philippine Star
April 18, 2021

Leni on self-quarantine as bodyguard gets COVID

Vice President Leni Robredo will undergo quarantine after a close-in security tested positive for COVID-19.

1 min read
The Philippine Star
April 18, 2021

Frontliners hailed at PeopleAsia awards

Frontliners took center stage at PeopleAsia’s recent “People of the Year” 2021 virtual awards night, which was held live with over a hundred guests via Zoom and streamed to more than 230,000 viewers on Facebook.

3 mins read
The Philippine Star
April 18, 2021

Sotto admits taking Ivermectin

Senate President Vicente Sotto III admitted yesterday taking locally-made Ivermectin as a preventive regimen against COVID-19, which has a l ready claimed over 15,000 lives in the country. “I also take once every two weeks, yes, for prevention,” Sotto said in an interview over dwIZ as he confirmed taking Ivermectin in his own effort to avoid getting infected with COVID-19. He did not specify when he started taking the drug.

1 min read
The Philippine Star
April 18, 2021
RELATED STORIES

UNHRC SESSIONS: WHAT LANKA SHOULD HAVE DONE

The United Nations Human Rights Council is in session and Sri Lanka is among the countries that have come before its scanner. It is a slur on Sri Lanka’s reputation when it is being lumped together with big-time human rights violators such as Israel, Syria and North Korea, with member states after member state taking the floor to act like prosecutor, the jury and the judge.

5 mins read
Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka
February 26, 2021

MODI'S REMARKS ON TAMILS SET THE CAT AMONG THE PIGEONS

The Government has articulated over and again that its foreign policy will be neutral and non-aligned. However, it is now challenging for the regime to be true to such a policy since the major powers with interests in the region have made it almost unworkable in a practical sense. The absence of a cohesive policy regardless of the change of governments has made matters worse.

5 mins read
Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka
February 18, 2021

Concerns of a nation before UNHRC sessions

In February valentine’s day parties were canceled and people were told to remain at home. Sri Lanka also braces itself to face a new variant of the COVID-19 pandemic which is said to have originated in England and now present in this island nation. But Sri Lankans who have their ‘thinking caps on’ are living life low key. This is because of the upcoming UNHRC sessions in March which could put Sri Lanka in a spot of bother if resolutions are passed against it for alleged human rights violations.

4 mins read
Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka
February 18, 2021

UNHRC AND THE TAMIL PARTIES' DESPERATION

Tamil nationalistic politics which have been overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic and related politics seems to be gaining momentum with the next session of the United Nations Huma Rights Council (UNHRC) early next year.

5 mins read
Daily Mirror - Sri Lanka
December 25, 2020

Guevarra defends limits to church attendance in NCR

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Friday defended the decision of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases to limit churchgoers to 10 persons in the National Capital Region (NCR) despite the supposed eased restrictions under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ).

2 mins read
Manila Bulletin
August 22, 2020

ICJ moves UNHRC against China for COVID-19 reparations

CHENNAI: The International Council of Jurists (ICJ), headquartered in London, has moved the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) seeking unspecified amount as reparations from China for having caused “serious physical, psychological, economic and social harm” to member-nations by unleashing Covid-19 on the world.

2 mins read
Millennium Post Delhi
April 04, 2020

Gulmarg To Geneva

With the rival armies engaged in an eyeball to eyeball confrontation on Kashmir borders, Indian and Pakistani diplomats are busy fighting the ‘war by other means’ between Geneva and New York

10 mins read
Kashmir Life
September 15-21, 2019 ; Issue 24 Vol 11 ; GULMARG TO GENEVA

Pak's Desperate Diplomacy

The constitutional developments of August 5, which revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, effectively demolished the efficacy of the slogan ‘Kashmir banega Pakistan’.

2 mins read
India Today
September 23, 2019

India's Game Plan to Checkmate Pak

New Delhi Engages With All 47 Member Nations of Council for Support on 370

2 mins read
Mail Today
September 10, 2019

UNHRC Asks India To End Lockdown In J&K

High Commissioner urges respect for civil rights

2 mins read
The Hindu
September 10, 2019