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U.N. hopes Trump will preach human rights to Duterte
May 1, 2017 / 8:50 AM / 7 months ago

U.N. hopes Trump will preach human rights to Duterte

GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump must convey to Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte the deep sense of alarm about his apparent shirking of his duty to prosecute human rights violations, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra‘ad al-Hussein said on Monday.

U.S. President Donald Trump appears on stage at a rally in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, U.S. April 29, 2017. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files

The White House on Sunday defended Trump’s decision to invite Duterte to Washington, saying his cooperation was needed to counter North Korea, even as the administration faced human rights criticism for its overture to Manila.

“So one hopes the message will be very clear and undiluted from the President of United States to the President of the Philippines,” Zeid told a news briefing.

Reporting by Tom Miles; editing by Stephanie Nebehay

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