United Nations Rapporteur Agnes Callamard dropped a bomb when she told the audience that “regulated drugs like methamphetamine cannot affect the person’s mental activity”.
Callamard, the U.N. Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, gave a speech at a policy forum at a university on Friday. She said she was not in the Philippines in an official capacity and would not carry out any research.
Callamard has been vocal about allegations of systematic summary executions in the Philippines as part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, which has killed thousands of people.
In her speech, Callamard said that illegal drugs may affect the person emotionally, but not mentally.
“The reason why a person who is high on drugs commits unintentional crimes is because he is emotionally disturbed. One cannot label a person “fool” is he is high on drugs, thus, killing him is not humane,” Callamard said.
The Philippine government was disappointed with Callamard’s unannounced visit and plans to submit complain to UN.
Callamard called methamphetamine, or locally known as “shabu” regulated, instead of illegal as she is referring to US drug regulatory where the said chemical is regulated rather than illegal. /Nico Bawa/
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