DFA: U.N. review of PH's covenant compliance is periodic

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 26 2016 05:39 PM

The United Nations' review of the Philippines' implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) is a periodic assessment that has long been set, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday.

DFA spokesperson Charles Jose said the review, which will take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, has nothing to do with the alleged human rights violations amid the Duterte administration's ongoing war on drugs.

The U.N. earlier issued a statement that because the Philippines is one of 164 signatories to the said covenant, the U.N. Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is due to review the country's compliance this week.

The committee, composed of 18 independent human rights experts, "will discuss a range of issues relating to the Philippines’ implementation of the ICESCR with a Philippine delegation," according to U.N.'s statement.

Also set for review are Costa Rica, Cyprus, Poland, Tunisia, Lebanon, and the Dominican Republic.

The Philippines has submitted a report to the international body, and the U.N. is expected to release its findings on October 10. -- with a report from Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News