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The UN CESCR today concluded its consideration of the combined 5th and 6th periodic report of the Philippines on its implementation of the International Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights.

"Another Expert was deeply concerned regarding human rights defenders, who were exposed to serious risks.  Could the delegation comment why mandates who had asked for visits had not been warmly welcomed.  What were the plans to stop the extrajudicial killings, measure to prevent the current war on drugs and from becoming a war against the poor?

An Expert, turning to the right to health, said that the country was taking a wrong and dangerous direction. There were tough penalties for possession and use of drugs, which resulted in the doubling of the prison population. What was being done to stop the extrajudicial killings and ensure that the war on drugs was not becoming a war on the poor?"