By: Agence France-Presse
France on Wednesday rejected claims by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte that folks have been responsible till confirmed harmless in its authorized system, because it emphasised the significance of human rights and rule of regulation.
The assertion launched by the French embassy adopted Duterte’s evaluation of the judicial system in France on Monday as he defended his controversial struggle on medication that has claimed hundreds of lives.
“We have to point out that, as in the Philippines, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty is at the core of the French judicial system, based on the principles enshrined in the French Declaration of Human and Civic Rights of August 26, 1789,” the assertion mentioned.
“France strongly believes in the importance of the rule of law, due process and respect for human rights in all countries, including the Philippines.”
In Monday’s press convention, Duterte had reacted angrily to feedback by the United Nations’ particular rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, concerning the alleged homicide by police of a 17-year-old boy as a part of the drug struggle.
On her Twitter account, Callamard condemned the killing as “murder” and referred to as for an investigation, saying the boy’s death ought to be “the last”.
Duterte, who regularly makes use of coarse language significantly towards critics of his drug struggle, lashed out at her personally.
“Daughter of a whore, tell her! Don’t she dare scare me, daughter of a whore. She’s an idiot! Where is that crazy person from?”
Upon studying she was French, Duterte mentioned folks in France have been presumed responsible except confirmed harmless.
“Even in her own place, that happens. She’s an idiot,” Duterte mentioned.
“In their place, they can detain a person almost indefinitely under the French law. And the French law says you are guilty and you have to prove your innocence. That’s how it works.”
Duterte, 72, simply received presidential elections final 12 months after promising to wipe out medication within the nation by waging an unprecedented crackdown wherein tens of hundreds of individuals would die.
Since he got here to workplace 14 months in the past, police have reported killing about three,500 folks in anti-drug operations.
More than 2,000 different folks have been killed in drug-related crimes and hundreds extra murdered in unexplained circumstances, in line with police information.
The United Nations, the United States and the European Union have condemned alleged rights abuses in Duterte’s drug struggle, whereas rights teams have warned he could also be orchestrating a criminal offense towards humanity.
Duterte mentioned final 12 months he can be “happy to slaughter” three million addicts to repair the drug downside.