Grieving families add to growing calls backing push for UN to launch independent investigation into killings
Families and friends of victims of drug-related killings in the Philippines hold a gathering in Manila on July 9. (Photo by Jire Carreon)
Families and friends of people killed in the Philippines' war on drugs have joined calls for the United Nations to push for an independent investigation into the country’s human rights situation."An independent probe is urgently needed," said Carmelite priest Gilbert Billena, who coordinates the group Rise Up for Life and Rights. The priest led a Mass in Manila on July 9 "to pray for a positive outcome" in deliberations for a proposed independent investigation by members of the U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHCR).
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