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UN human rights body censures Philippines

The regime of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has been censured by the UN's human rights body. (AAP)

The UN Human Rights Council has censured the Philippines over the thousands of killings since President Rodrigo Duterte launched an anti-drug campaign.

The UN's top human rights body has passed a resolution that includes calls for greater scrutiny in the Philippines.

The Human Rights Council voted 18-14 with 15 abstentions to approve the resolution on Thursday.

The measure, presented by Iceland, cites allegations of thousands of killings since President Rodrigo Duterte launched a campaign against illegal drugs in mid-2016.

The Philippines immediately rejected the resolution. The country's ambassador in Geneva, Evan Garcia, said it "does not represent a triumph of human rights, but a travesty of them."

The resolution calls on the Filipino government to "take all necessary measures to prevent extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances."

It also urges the UN human rights office to prepare a written report on the Philippines for consideration at the Human Rights Council's summer session next year.

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