China on Monday got here to the protection of President Rodrigo Duterte as he urged Western international locations to respect the nation’s soverignty.

“Relevant sides of the international community, including the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, shall respect the sovereignty of the Philippines and the will of its people, view the outcomes of the Philippines’ fight against drug and terrorism in a comprehensive, unbiased and objective way, and support its efforts to move forward its human rights cause in light of its national conditions,” China Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang mentioned Monday in a press briefing in Beijing.

“As an agency of the UN, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights is expected to fulfill its duties within the framework set out by the purposes and principles of the UN Charter,” he added.

Citing President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s repeated criticisms of human rights defenders and the inclusion of UN particular rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz in a terrorist checklist, UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’advert Al Hussein on Friday steered that Duterte wanted to bear a “psychiatric evaluation”.

The Department of Foreign Affairs has earlier mentioned that Tauli-Corpuz was included within the checklist not due to her place as particular rapporteur however due to her alleged hyperlinks to the Ilocos-Cordillera Regional Committee (ICRC) of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army.

In the identical press briefing, Lu mentioned “anyone without bias can see that President Duterte has made positive efforts since assuming office to combat drug-related crimes, as well as terrorism, develop the national economy, and improve people’s livelihood, which have effectively protected and promoted the Philippine people’s fundamental rights to security and development”.(PNA)