UN human rights chief urges Duterte: ‘Refrain from signing’ anti-terror bill

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MANILA, Philippines — UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has called on President Rodrigo Duterte to “refrain” from signing the controversial anti-terrorism bill, saying that its passage intensifies concerns on the “blurring of important distinctions between criticism, criminality, and terrorism.”

Bachelet made the appeal on Tuesday as she presented during the 44th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council the report her office prepared about the killings and alleged human rights violations in the Philippines.

According to Bachelet, the proposed law could have a “chilling effect on human rights.”

The anti-terror measure could also affect humanitarian w…

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