Trudeau raises drug war killings with Duterte, Rohingya Muslims with Myanmar

Posted In: News Date:Nov 14th, 2017

CANADIAN Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has called on the Philippines to address the drug war killings and the rest of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to address human rights violations confronting the region such as the crackdown on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

In a news conference on the sidelines of the 31st Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) Summit on Tuesday, Trudeau stressed that countries should expect Canada to tackle the issue of human rights head on since it is what Canada has always been doing.

“I have told President Duterte that we are concerned about human rights [situation]and the extrajudicial killings, and we have impressed upon him the importance of rule of law, offered our support, as a friend, on how Canada can help with that [restoration of law and order],” Trudeau said.

Trudeau said raising human rights issues was not about being righteous but finding ways for constructive engagement.