The document, filed by Epstein’s criminal defense lawyers and unsealed Monday, shows that the financier and registered sex offender is worth an estimated $559,120,954.
The filing was made last week as Epstein, 66, seeks release on bail following charges that he trafficked underage girls so they could visit his Manhattan and Palm Beach, Florida, mansions, where he allegedly sexually abused them.
“His token effort to account for his finances makes painfully clear the need for detention,” prosecutors wrote in a filing to the judge arguing that Epstein should be locked up pending trial.
Epstein, a former friend of presidents Donald Trump and Bill Clinton, has pleaded not guilty. He pleaded guilty in 2008 to a Florida state charge of procuring an underage girl for prostitution, and served a 13-month jail term.
Another island owned by Epstein in the Virgin Islands, Great St. James, is valued at almost $22.5 million.
Epstein’s defense lawyers value his Upper East Side townhouse in Manhattan at $55.9 million, citing his Jan. 1 property tax bill. But they note that federal prosecutors have claimed that the residence is worth $77 million.
Rounding out the real estate portfolio is Epstein’s New Mexico ranch, his Palm Beach home and a residence in Paris, France.
Epstein was arrested July 6 at at New Jersey airport after flying there on a private plane from France.
So Haggard asked the county ethics board about any possible conflicts of interest. They gave him the green light to handle criminal cases, as long as he recused himself from certain legislative votes. But the issue was later revisited by County Court Judge Jerome Richards, according to a letter written by County Attorney Stephen Button. So Haggard has stopped taking criminal cases.
On Israel’s version of “Meet the Press” Sunday morning, Barak defended his business ties with Epstein, saying he had no idea that the wealthy financier was convicted of prostitution involving a minor.
“He’d served his sentence for soliciting prostitution — the indictment didn’t say she was a minor,” Barak said, according to the Miami Herald. “The American system itself did not label him as a persona non grata…the secretary who just resigned in the Trump administration was the prosecutor and he said he’d been negligent — so you expect me to have noticed?”
The initial plea bargain Epstein signed, along with US Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who announced he will be stepping down Friday, had Epstein plead guilty to a count of soliciting prostitution and a count of soliciting prostitution from a minor in Palm Beach, Florida. He was allowed to avoid federal prosecution as a result of the deal.
The non-prosecution agreement was revealed to the public in 2009, after which dozens of accusers filed civil lawsuits against Epstein. Acosta’s resignation was accompanied by public backlash after the Miami Herald published a series exposing the nature of the plea deal and its ramifications.
Israeli news publication Haaretz reported that Epstein invested millions of dollar into an Israeli start-up company called Carbyne, of which Barak is the controlling shareholder and chairman of the board. Barak posted on Facebook indicating that he may cut financial ties with Epstein.
“For almost five years, a company associated with Epstein has been a passive investor in a limited partnership, legally registered in Israel and under my control,” Barak wrote, according to Haaretz. “Every investor in this partnership is bound by the same commercial contract.
Barak added, “As soon as the present charges related to Epstein became known, I instructed my lawyers to examine the options we have for expelling the company associated with Epstein from this partnership.”
Carbyne offers a live video and audio transmission service to emergency call centers that enables precise information regarding the location and reliability of callers to be transmitted.
The current Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has tweeted about the link between Epstein and Barak, including one tweet where he said Barak should be investigated “immediately,” and others where he insinuated that Barak may have been involved in the assaults of underage girls or the sex trafficking operation itself.
Barak responded on Twitter, with the Miami Herald translating Barak’s tweet as “You don’t have to investigate — I confess. I gave a second chance, both to Epstein and to Bibi [Netanyahu]. Both are now neck-deep in criminality. I expect both to recuse themselves until the truth is ascertained.”
אין מה לחקור – אני מודה. נתתי הזדמנות שנייה. גם לג’פרי, גם לביבי. שניהם הסתבכו כהוגן בפלילים. מצפה משניהם להשעות את עצמם עד לבירור האמת. אצלי: כל פעולותי הן של אזרח פרטי ולא שר או ראהמ. כולן חוקיות. דווחו לכל הרשויות ושולם בגינן מס. ואצלך? pic.twitter.com/2jXwnT88yY
Barak also said during his Israel TV appearance that Netanyahu’s comments were political “spin,” and warned the left not to “fall into this trap,” The Times of Israel reported.
Epstein’s accusers have testified that the financier recruited underaged girls around the world, and that he leveraged his wealth and connections to extend his sex trafficking operation.
Epstein’s circle includes former US President Bill Clinton and current President Donald Trump, along with high-profile business owners, socialites, celebrities, and scientists. Epstein is the only person accused of crimes in the current indictment.
The police crime drama, Criminal Minds, gave fans a look into what it takes to be a member of the BAU (Behavioral Analysis Unit). The long-running series, follows a group of elite FBI members who specialize in profiling criminals or the “unsubs” and studying the investigation of crimes they commit.The show brought together some of television finest for 60 minutes of gut-wrenching, heart-pounding entertainment that kept audiences on the edge of their seats.
It was announced that Criminal Minds will be ending with a 10-episode run once the 15th season begins. While it will definitely be a sorrowful goodbye, the show has spent the past decade and a half entertaining and informing their loyal fans. The show has seen many transitions, most notably the introduction of new characters and the exit of unforgettable ones. How much are these distinguished performers worth? Here is the net worth of the cast of Criminal Minds.
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10 Thomas Gibson – Net Worth: $18 Million
Thomas Gibson played the straight-faced, no-nonsense Aaron Hotchner on Criminal Minds from 2005-2016, but the 57-year-old had other memorable roles prior to this. Gibson starred in the ABC comedy, Dharma & Greg, opposite co-star, Jenna Elfman, from 1997 to 2002. Following this, Gibson starred in The Age of Innocence, Far and Away, The Flinstones in Viva Rock Vegas, Eyes Wide Shut, and Manhood.
Gibson’s estimated net worth is $18 million, however Gibson got into some legal troubles prior to his exit from Criminal Minds. The actor was fired from the show after getting into an altercation with a writer-producer, which he claimed came from “creative differences”. Gibson’s character was subsequently written off the show.
9 Mandy Patinkin – Net Worth: $10 Million
Actor and singer, Mandy Patinkin, is a veteran actor, having been seen in some big-screen favorites, and innovative television shows. Patinkin starred in the 1987 cult-classic, The Princess Bride, as the depressed and alcoholic, Inigo Montoya, and currently portrays Saul Berenson on the Showtime series, Homeland.
The 66-year-old actor joined the cast of Criminal Minds as the experienced but haunted FBI profiler, Jason Gideon, who was also the Senior Supervisory Special Agent and unit chief of the BAU. Patinkin abruptly left the show in 2007 and his character was written off and later on murdered in season 10. The actor later revealed his reasons for departing the show: “It was very destructive to my soul and my personality. After that, I didn’t think I would get to work in television again,” he stated. The actor’s estimated net worth is $10 million.
8 Shemar Moore – Net Worth: $16 Million
The handsome and wildly talented, Shemar Moore is no stranger to television. The California native began his career as the irresistible, Malcolm Winters, on the long-running daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless. Moore left the show in 2005 but made several guest appearances, while working on his film career. Moore then starred in films, The Brothers and Diary of Mad Black Woman, before joining the cast of Criminal Minds as Derek Morgan.
Another veteran in the Hollywood community is none other than actor and director, Joe Mantegna, who currently plays David Rossi on Criminal Minds. Mantegna’s career began in 1969 when he appeared in the Broadway musical, Hair, and from there, the actor appeared various films, including: The Godfather Part III, Forget Paris, Eye for an Eye, and Thinner. In 2007, Mantegna signed on to replace Mandy Patinkin on Criminal Minds and has also directed several episodes.
In addition to his time on Criminal Minds, Mantegna also lent his voice talents to the popular animation series, The Simpsons. Overall, the Chicago native’s estimated net worth is $18 million.
6 Matthew Gray Gubler – Net Worth: $10 Million
Matthew Gray Gubler portrays the astoundingly brilliant Dr. Spencer Reid on Criminal Minds. Gubler is one of the very few cast members that has been on the show since season 1. When he’s not busy solving the most difficult codes and riddles on the crime show, Gubler has also lent his talents to modeling, directing, and writing. Gubler starred in the films: Alvin and the Chipmunks, 500 Days of Summer, Suburban Gothic, and How to be a Serial Killer.
Gubler also wrote and illustrated his first book, Rumple Buttercup: A Story of Bananas, Belonging and Being Yourself. Prior to his acting career, Gubler was discovered my a model scout and worked with DNA Model Management, modeling for the brands Tommy Hilfiger and American Eagle. Gubler’s estimated net worth is $10 million.
5 A.J. Cook – Ne Worth: $4 Million
A.J. Cook has graced fans with her beauty and wit for quite some time before taking on the role of Jennifer Jareau on Criminal Minds. The actress starred in the American tragedy-film, The Virgin Suicides opposite Kirsten Dunst, in the 1999 and later starred in Final Destination 2. Cook is also an original cast member on the popular crime series, having been on the show since season 1. The Canadian actress has also appeared in other television shows, rounding out her estimated net worth to be $4 million.
4 Kirsten Vangsness – Net Worth: $3 Million
Where would Criminal Minds be without the quirky, yet tech-savy Penelope Garcia, portrayed by Kirsten Vangsness. Vangsness began on show as a recurring character and eventually became a series regular, having appeared on every episode. The actress has also been featured in the films: Kill Me, Deadly , A-List, The Chicago 8; and the television shows: LAX and Phil of the Future.
This brunette-beauty began her acting and singing profession as a teen and became a beloved child star that also had a very successful adult career. Jennifer Love Hewitt has a long list of blockbuster films and television shows she’s starred in, including: Party of Five, Heartbreakers, The Tuxedo, The Client List, I Know What You Did Last Summer, & Can’t Hardly Wait. The Ghost Whisperer star joined the cast of Criminal Minds in season 10 and played FBI Special Agent Kate Callahan and left at the end of the season.
Aisha Tyler’s career took off in 2001 when she appeared on the talk-show, Talk Soup and the reality-dating television show, The Fifth Wheel. Following this, Tyler made a guest appearance on the show, Friends, and then CSI: Miami, before landing a recurring role on Ghost Whisperer, alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt. In 2011, Tyler became a co-host on the daytime talk show, The Talk, joining Sheryl Underwood, Sara Gilbert. and Sharon Osborne.
Following a bitter divorce from her husband of 25 years, Jeff Tietjens, Tyler also left The Talk, due to her busy schedule. The actress joined Criminal Minds in 2015 and became a main cast member after making several guest appearances. Despite having to pay her husband spousal support, Tyler is reportedly worth $8 million.
1 Adam Rodriguez – Net Worth: $16 Million
Adam Rodriguez is probably best known for his portrayal of Eric Delko on CSI: Miami, but now, the handsome actor is solving unspeakable crimes on Criminal Minds as BAU Agent, Luke Alvez. Rodriguez joined the show during it’s 12th season, replacing Shemar Moore’s character. Prior to this, the New York-native, appeared in the films: Magic Mike, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, About Last Night, and Unknown. The actor, director, and screenwriter’s net worth is estimated to be $16 million.
CHICAGO — Singer R. Kelly remains in custody in Chicago on federal sex crime charges including child pornography, enticement of a minor and obstruction of justice.
The embattled singer appeared in federal court Friday afternoon for what his lawyer described as “essentially an extradition hearing” regarding the charges filed against him in the Eastern District of New York. Kelly will remain in custody until at least Tuesday, when he’s due in court for an arraignment on the charges filed in Illinois.
The five alleged victims were all underage when prosecutors said they had sex with Kelly in the late 1990s. Prosecutors also charged Kelly and two associates, including manager Derrel McDavid, with a decades-long conspiracy to silence victims and witnesses.
“All of these charges are decades old, and all of a sudden people are coming forward,” said Steve Greenberg, Kelly’s attorney.
In one case, prosecutors said an alleged victim was paid $350,000 to return videotapes showing Kelly having sex with her and another minor, and then allegedly forced to take a polygraph to ensure all videos had been returned.
The indictment unsealed in Chicago federal court Friday says Kelly and McDavid threatened, intimidated and pressured the girl and her parents to falsify police reports and give false testimony to a grand jury. The indictment also alleges they arranged for the girl and her parents to travel overseas prior to his 2002 indictment so they’d be unavailable to law enforcement investigating the case. The indictment said payments to the girl and her father continued after the trial.
There is a second federal indictment out of Brooklyn, New York, in which Kelly is charged with racketeering, including acts of coercing and transporting minor girls to engage in sex, spanning two decades in New York, Connecticut, Illinois and California. Prosecutors said he was at the center of an “enterprise” to recruit women and underage girls.
“I don’t think people accidentally have sex, so I don’t know what the criminal activity is there,” Greenberg said of the coercion allegations.
“According to the indictment as alleged, he’s a predator,” said Angel Melendez, Special Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations.
Kelly was charged under a human trafficking statute. Prosecutors allege five other women and girls were flown around the country for sex and forced to obey rules including calling Kelly “daddy,” being forced to wear baggy clothes when not with the singer, and directed not to look at other men. Some of them were allegedly drugged and beaten, and given a venereal disease by Kelly.
One woman said she felt forced to have sex “after noticing a gun in the room…that Kelly had placed nearby.”
Between the two indictments, there are a total of 10 alleged victims. If Kelly is convicted, it could mean decades behind bars.
A judge, federal prosecutors and Greenberg, will meet Monday to determine whether the singer will self-report to New York or be held in custody on the New York charges should Kelly be released on bond on Tuesday.
Greenberg said his position is that Kelly should at least get bail on the Illinois charges, if not for both cases.
“The man never missed a court date in the 2000s when he was charged with the case. He hasn’t missed a court date on the state case that’s pending now,” he said. “He’s certainly not a flight risk; he’s not a danger to anybody at all.”
Kelly was acquitted at trial in 2008 on pornography charges. His attorney denied wrongdoing again Friday.
“He’s presumed innocent, we believe he’s innocent and we’re gonna fight to prove he’s innocent,” Greenberg said.
Kelly was out walking his dog Thursday when he was arrested by Homeland Security agents and New York Police Department detectives in Chicago on two separate indictments. The singer is being held by federal authorities at the Metropolitan Correctional Center and was ordered held on a no bond order at a court appearance Thursday night.
A federal grand jury handed up a 13 count indictment in the Northern District of Illinois on Thursday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago said. The R&B singer has been charged with one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography, two counts of receiving child pornography, four counts of producing child pornography, five counts of enticement of a minor to engage in criminal sexual activity, and one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Friday morning, federal agents conducted a search in the singer’s residence in Trump Tower in Chicago.
Two former employees of Kelly’s music business have also been charged. Derrel McDavid, 58, of Chicago has been charged with one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography, two counts of receiving child pornography and count of conspiracy to receive child pornography. Milton Brown, 53, also known as “June Brown,” of Chicago has been charged with one count of conspiracy to receive child pornography.
McDavid appeared in court Friday morning and was released after posting bond.
“NO COMMENT” – R Kelly’s business manager Derrell McDavid walked out of federal court today. He was released on $500,000 bond. Accused of covering up evidence and threatening victims. Caught up with him at court. @ABC7Chicagopic.twitter.com/tokv4VkPPB
Kelly is already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors. The 52-year-old was taken into custody back in February, accused of sexually abusing three girls and a woman in Illinois.
Last May, Cook County prosecutors added 11 more sex-related counts. Kelly has maintained his innocence and pleaded not guilty to the Illinois charges.
Darrell Johnson, a publicist hired by R. Kelly’s attorney Steve Greenberg, held a press conference in Atlanta to discuss the new charges.
“We were expecting this. This is nothing new. Mr. Greenberg has assembled several federal lawyers to represent Mr. Kelly and that is where we are,” Johnson said.
Family members of Jocelyn Savage interrupted the press conference by Johnson. Savage’s parents said they haven’t spoken to her in three years, claiming the 23 year old has been brainwashed by Kelly and held against her will.
“He needs to be held accountable for what he has been doing with little girls,” Timothy Savage said. After the press conference was over, Johnson was seen walking away with Jocelyn Savage’s father.
Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti, who has been representing some of the alleged victims in this case, announced over Twitter that he’s planning to do the same on Monday morning.
U.S. Attorney John Lausch said in a statement, “This indictment demonstrates our office’s commitment to holding individuals such as Kelly accountable for criminal sexual abuse of minors, protecting the victims of such crimes, and punishing those who obstruct law enforcement investigations. I thank the courageous individuals who provided law enforcement with important information related to these allegations, and I encourage others with helpful information to do the same. Together with our law enforcement partners and with the help of victims and other witnesses, we will continue to vigorously investigate and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children.”
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office released a statement Friday, “Today’s indictment by our federal law enforcement partners demonstrates the collaborative efforts of our criminal justice system. My office was pleased to work together to secure these charges and will continue to work with our colleagues in the pursuit of justice for all victims. And let us be clear: this is not just about surviving R. Kelly. For most victims, it’s about surviving a less famous abuser, a trusted adult, or a total stranger.
“As a prosecutor and a survivor of sexual assault, I recognize the courage it takes to come forward, and I understand the trauma of doing so. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office will continue to prioritize public safety and support all victims of crime, and we will remain a compassionate resource for survivors as they regain their power and heal.”
Navy SEAL Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher was acquitted of murdering a teenage Islamic State fighter who had surrendered and firing at civilians in Iraq in 2017. However, he was found guilty of posing with a dead body in a photo.
One of Gallagher’s attorneys turned to Facebook to crowdsource incidents of similar offenses, in a bid to have Gallagher’s sentence reduced. “Since Eddie Gallagher has a large number of supporters, I figured, ‘Why not?'” the attorney Tim Parlatore told INSIDER.
Gallagher was sentenced to a reduction in rank, four months’ confinement, and two months’ pay docked.
Gallagher, whose case made national headlines, was accused by members of his SEAL team of killing a teenage Islamic State combatant and posing for a photograph with his corpse, and of firing at civilians in Iraq in 2017. He was acquitted of all charges by a court-martial, except for the photo offense.
Gallagher faced a life sentence for the murder charges. His sentence for the photo offense included four months in prison, which he already served in pretrial confinement. He was also docked two months’ pay, and the jury reduced his rank to an E-6, which will affect his pension.
But one of Gallagher’s attorneys, Tim Parlatore, hopes to reduce Gallagher’s court-martial conviction by citing examples of others who have committed photo offenses and received nonjudicial punishments (NJP), a way for the military to discipline troops without resorting to a court-martial that typically comes with stiffer sentencing.
“As many of you know, he was acquitted of all serious charges, but convicted of being in a photo with a terrorist’s corpse — an offense usually handled at NJP/Captain’s Mast/Article 15. I am therefore petitioning the convening authority to disapprove this charge (and the associated reduction in rank) and instead impose NJP.”
Parlatore told The San Diego Union-Tribune that since none of the other SEALs who took photos with the Islamic State combatant’s body weren’t being charged with photo offenses, “We shouldn’t let [Gallagher] take a court-martial conviction — which a lot of people take as a felony — that could affect his rights that come along with a criminal record.”
“Since Eddie Gallagher has a large number of supporters, I figured, ‘Why not?'” Parlatore told INSIDER via phone regarding his decision to post the request.
Parlatore’s post asks supporters of Gallagher to send him examples of prior photo offenses that had received NJPs, helping him cite precedent for handling Gallagher’s case at a lower level. Since these kinds of cases aren’t readily searchable and accessible to him as a civilian, he said, he had to “crowdsource” examples of such cases.
Parlatore told INSIDER that he’d already received about 25 responses — from the recently retired to Vietnam veterans.
Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar will decide how to consider Parlatore’s request. According to The San Diego Union-Tribune, Bolivar, who oversaw Gallagher’s court-martial, has 120 days to approve or change Gallagher’s sentence.
“Everything that I’ve seen so far, she seems to be very fair. And this is something that she’ll look at, hopefully, favorably,” Parlatore said.
“The idea of an NJP, it makes sense given the severity of the charges he’s convicted of,” Parlatore said. “What I’m asking for is not unprecedented.”
“Ultimately, what I’m trying to do here is to get Eddie retired and home with his family,” Parlatore said.
Attempts to reach Gallagher’s wife, Andrea, for comment were unsuccessful.
The high-profile lawyer who defended Jeffrey Epstein in his 2008 sex abuse case in Florida and helped negotiate what many have criticized as a lenient plea deal says he had no idea about the extent of the allegations against Epstein when he defended him more than a decade ago but insists he would do it all over again.
“I would try to get a better deal. The job of a criminal defense attorney is to try to get the best possible deal,” he said.
In his first TV interview since Epstein was indicted Monday on child sex trafficking charges, Alan Dershowitz denies the deal was a bargain, instead arguing prosecutors lacked the evidence to indict the billionaire financier for federal sex trafficking charges back in 2008. Epstein served just 13 months in jail and had to register as a sex offender after being accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls.
“Did you ever see Mr. Epstein with underage girls?” CBS News’ Mola Lenghi asked Dershowitz at his New York City apartment.
“No. Oh, no. If I had ever seen Jeffrey Epstein in any inappropriate situation with an underage girl, I would’ve terminated my relationship and turned him in. No way,” he said. “We were shocked by the allegations, but as a criminal lawyer, being shocked by an allegation doesn’t mean that I won’t defend somebody,” he said.
An in-depth investigation by the Miami Herald in November uncovered police records alleging Epstein molested dozens of underage girls. One detective told the paper the evidence supporting the girls’ claims was “overwhelming.”
“They made a deal, and for them it was not a bad deal,” Dershowitz said. “They got him to be a registered sex offender to pay vast amounts of money to all the women, and to get him to plead and go to jail, and expose him for the world to see as a sex offender. I think the feds thought it was the best they could do.”
Dershowitz also insisted that Epstein’s wealth and power was not the reason he got the deal he did, saying, “I think a lot of people without the power and wealth might’ve gotten a better deal.”
“Because his prominence, his fame made it clear that the prosecution would work very hard to get the best possible deal they could. Look, wealth is a two-edged sword. It helps you put together a very good legal team, but it also puts you in the public eye in a way that makes the prosecution work very hard to get a conviction,” Dershowitz said.
Part of Epstein’s immunity deal left open the avenue for civil charges to be brought up against Epstein. Asked how much money Epstein has paid out, Dershowitz said he wasn’t involved in that aspect of the case.
“I’m a criminal lawyer, not a civil lawyer, but from what I know, tens of millions of dollars were paid out to many, many alleged victims,” he said.
Dershowitz also addressed accusations from one of Epstein’s accusers, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, who claims Dershowitz was part of Epstein’s alleged sex trafficking operation. Dershowitz vehemently denies Giuffre’s allegations and says he has proof Guiffre is lying. Guiffre is suing him for defamation.
“The same woman that accused me claimed to have had dinner with Bill Clinton and two underage girls on Jeffrey Epstein’s island, claimed to have met Al Gore and Tipper Gore. Secret Service records show that all of that is fantasy and made up. This is a woman with a long, long record of lying for money,” Dershowitz said.
Overnight, Giuffre filed opposition papers disputing Dershowitz’s motion to dismiss her lawsuit. Her lawyers say Dershowitz is intentionally lying about Giuffre in an attempt to discredit her and “intimidate her into silence.”
The UN’s Human Rights Council voted Thursday to investigate human rights abuses in the Philippines’ war on drugs, championed by President Rodrigo Duterte. As many as 27,000 people have died in extrajudicial killings, human rights advocates say.
Filipino politicians blasted the move; Teodoro Locsin, the Philippines’ Secretary of Foreign Affairs, tweeted Thursday that the resolution is “unenforceable because as I told the UN there is no power on earth that can enforce a multilateral judgment on a country with an armed forces.”
The vote paves the way for tougher action in the future, if the Philippines continues to wage a brutal war on drugs.
The UN’s Human Rights Council voted Thursday to pass a resolution to investigate the Philippines for its human rights abuses, particularly the drug war led by President Rodrigo Duterte, where as many as 27,000 people have died in extrajudicial killings.
Iceland proposed the resolution; 18 countries voted for it, with 14 against and 15 abstaining, Al Jazeera reported. Representatives from the Philippines and China opposed the measure, criticizing it as politically motivated.
“The resolution expresses concern over allegations of human rights violations in the Philippines, particularly those involving extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances, arbitrary arrests and detention, as well as intimidation and persecution of human rights defenders and others,” according to a statement released by the Icelandic government.
The resolution calls for the government of the Philippines to prevent extrajudicial killings and hold to account those responsible. It also seeks to ensure that the government of the Philippines cooperates with UN inspectors investigating human rights abuses. Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights, is to prepare a report on the state of human rights in the Philippines by June 2020. The New York Times reported that the findings of Bachelet’s report could lead to more serious action if human rights abuses continue.
“This report provides an opportunity for all stakeholders, including the government, to assess the current state of human rights in the country and in particular to get clarity around the contested facts, figures and circumstances,” a spokesperson from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights told INSIDER.
Teodoro Locsin, the Philippines’ Secretary of Foreign Affairs, tweeted Thursday that the resolution, put forth by Iceland, is “unenforceable because as I told the UN there is no power on earth that can enforce a multilateral judgment on a country with an armed forces.”
Here is our response to the Geneva vote, and at that a minority vote: it is individually, severally and collectively unenforceable because as I told the UN there is no power on earth that can enforce a multilateral judgment on a country with an armed forces. And the UN agreed. https://t.co/W39Xc7dNNj
“The Human Rights Council resolution on the Philippines is a modest but vital measure,” said Leila Matar, Deputy Director for United Nations at Human Rights Watch’s office in Geneva, in a statement. “It signals the start of accountability for thousands of ‘drug war’-related killings and other abuses, and will provide hope to countless survivors and families of victims.”
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has been subject to international criticism due to his brutal “war on drugs,” which by some estimates has killed as many as 27,000, according to Human Rights Watch. Police in the Philippines claim 6,600 deaths, including 3-year-old Myca Ulpina, who was killed accidentally by police during a drug-related incident, Reuters reported.
The Philippines has historically been a key US ally in the Pacific, particularly in the face of a growing threat from China. But since Duterte’s election in 2016, that relationship has become more complicated, due to Chinese investment, flagging US interest in the region, and Duterte’s inflammatory rhetoric.