Published:  12:56 AM, 12 July 2019

UN launches probe into Philippines drug war deaths

The United Nations Human Rights Council agreed on Thursday to set up a preliminary UN investigation into thousands of killings in the Philippines so-called 'war on drugs.'

The resolution, brought by Iceland, was adopted by a vote of 18 countries in favor, 14 against (including China), with 15 abstentions (including Japan) at the 47-member forum in Geneva. The Philippines delegation urged countries to vote against the text which asks UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to report back on her findings in June 2020.

---Reuters, Geneva

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