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Philippines: Human Rights

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL4961, tabled on 14 December 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made, if any, to the government of the Philippines since June following reports by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights that 208 human rights supporters and 6,000 individuals suspected of involvement in drug crime have been killed without fair trial; and what was the result of their representations.

Answered on

23 December 2021

The UK remains concerned about reports of human rights abuses in the Philippines, particularly the conduct of the "war on drugs" campaign and the treatment of some human and land rights defenders and journalists.

The Minister for Asia visited the Philippines from 7 to 10 October, where she raised our human rights concerns and discussed the Philippines' cooperation with the UN on a human rights joint programme with the Philippine Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Teodoro Locsin.