The UN high commissioner for human rights said Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte needs a psychiatric evaluation following his putting a UN human rights investigator a watchlist of communist terrorists.
The UN human rights investigator was one of more than 600 people listed in a petition filed to a Manila court last month to have the people categorised as rebels for “using acts of terror” to destabilise the government.
The petition seeks to give the government extensive surveillance powers over the listed people, as well as being able to limit their resources.
The UN claims the accusation are retaliation for the investigator, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, criticising the government’s treatment of the indigenous Lumad people, including attacking and killing them.
UN high commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein has criticised Mr Duterte’s response to the investigation, saying it is unacceptable.
“He needs to submit himself to some sort of psychiatric examination. This kind of comment is unacceptable,” he said.
“These attacks cannot go unanswered, the UN human rights council must take a position.”
Mr Duterte has also faced significant criticism from the UN for his war on drugs, which has seen police kill at least 4,100 drug suspects, though some human rights groups estimate another 8000 may have been killed.