The Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, has hit out at "stupid" United Nations criticism of his contentious war on crime in which around 1,000 individuals have died, cautioning the global body not to meddle.
Duterte, who swept to a landslide election victory in May partly on a promise to crack down on crime, said he would continue with his anti-drug push despite mounting criticism, including from the UN chief, Ban Ki-moon.
“Why would the United Nations be so easily swayed into interfering in the affairs of this republic? There are only 1,000 (killed),” he said at an event marking the 115th anniversary of the police force.
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In June, Ban condemned Duterte's clear support for extrajudicial killings, saying they were "illegal and a breach of fundamental rights and freedoms".
The UN's anti-drugs office this month said it was incredibly worried by reports of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers and users in the Philippines.
The UN has made "a very stupid proposition", Duterte said, warning it not to interfere in the country’s politics.
“What’s the problem? You inject politics. Only one thousand died and you put my country in peril, in jeopardy,” he said.
He told foreign human rights watchdogs not to "investigate us as though we are criminals", and warned they would not be treated well in the Philippines.
Duterte, who took office on 30 June, requested a bloody war on crime that has killed 1,054 individuals since the May races.
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This includes people killed in police operations, and more than 400 killed by vigilantes.
Duterte won the election on a vow to wage a war on illegal drugs and other crime that would assert a huge number of lives.
He has ordered police not to hesitate to kill and even encouraged citizens and communist guerrillas to participate in the bloodshed.
He has repeatedly mocked at human rights groups contradicted to the killings.