Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte threatens to leave the UN after human rights experts call for the killings of drug traffickers to stop – as the death toll rises to 1,500

Sunday, August 21, 2016
By Paul Martin

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has threatened to leave the UN and invite China and other countries to form a new organisation
This comes as two UN human rights experts urged for the killings to be stopped
Since his inauguration in May, about 1,500 suspected drug traffickers are believed to have been killed

21 August 2016

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte railed against the United Nations on Sunday after it called for an end to the wave of killings unleashed by his war on drugs, saying he might leave the organisation and invite China and others to form a new one.

Two UN human rights experts last week urged Manila to stop the extra-judicial executions and killings that have escalated since Duterte won the presidency on a promise to wipe out drugs.

About 1,500 suspected drug traffickers have been killed since he came to power after winning the election on May 9.

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