Iceland expresses hope PHL will cooperate in UN probe into drug war

Iceland has expressed hope the Philippines would cooperate in a United Nations probe into the Southeast Asian country’s drug war.

The Nordic country made the statement after  President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to sever ties with the country that initiated the resolution seeking the probe, and which was eventually narrowly adopted by the United Nations Human Rights Council.

“Icelandic authorities sincerely hope that the Philippine authorities will engage the UN on this and the resolution,” the Icelandic Ministry for Foreign Affairs said in a statement.

According to Iceland, when it became a new member of the council last year, it “pledged to address human rights concerns objectively and, on their merits, in a non-politicized, non-selective manner.”

It said members of the UNHRC, of which the Philippines is a member, should lead by example.

“The resolution also reaffirms the determination of UN member states to tackle the world drug problem and enjoyed the support of countries facing their own serious drug problem (Mexico),” Iceland said.

“For a small and peaceful country like Iceland, international law and the multilateral system is our sword, shield and shelter,” it added.

Duterte has slammed Iceland for the resolution, questioning what he said was the Nordic country’s intervention in domestic affairs.

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