More than 70 children have reportedly been killed in anti-narcotics operations [Bullit Marquez/AP]

Mindanao, Philippines – The United Nations approved a resolution seeking action into Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte‘s “war on drugs” that has killed thousands of people over the last three years.

Members of the UN’s Human Rights Council (OHCHR) voted 18 in favour and 14 against on Thursday on the resolution submitted by Iceland and 27 other European countries on July 4. A total of 15 other nations abstained from voting.

With the adoption of the resolution, UN rights chief Michelle Bachelet was directed to prepare a “comprehensive report on the human rights situation” in the Philippines by June 2020.

It also urged Duterte’s government to cooperate in the process by facilitating visits by

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