The Government petition included Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, appointed in 2014 as United Nations special rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, who was listed as a senior member of the Maoist rebel group.
Through a statement issued on Wednesday, March 14, the CHR reacted to the "recent discourses" between the Philippine government and global human rights in which the administration said it was open for a probe as long as it not by United Nations (UN) special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Agnes Callamard.
More Than 50 Years of ConflictPresident Rodrigo Duterte seems to be following through on his promise to destroy the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People's Army, both of which he asked a Manila court to declare as terrorist groups last month. "These attacks can not go unanswered", Zeid said Friday.
"The UN Human Rights Special Procedures, which includes the special rapporteurs, are entitled to immunities and protection as experts of the UN system", CHR said.
The department of justice has accused those on the list of "using acts of terror" to sow fear and panic to overthrow the government.
Defending the Filipino leader, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said anyone without bias can see that President Duterte has made "positive efforts since assuming office to combat drug-related crimes as well as terrorism, develop the national economy, and improve people's livelihood, which have effectively protected and promoted the Philippine people's fundamental rights to security and development". If enforced, the government would have the power to closely monitor all of those listed and to limit their resources.
Her fellow United Nations rapporteurs also joined Tauli-Corpuz in denouncing her inclusion, saying this was in retaliation of her statements condemning violations against the lumad communities, particularly in Mindanao.
The UN official, Roque said, does not have a democratic mandate.
But Tauli-Corpuz strongly denied being a member of the CPP-NPA as she denounced her inclusion as "baseless, malicious and irresponsible" as she vowed to make accountable those people who put her life and security at risk.
Sison also said the rebels would be ready to return to negotiations to end Asia's longest-running urgency if Duterte withdraws his threats.