Iceland took the lead on a series of statements of concern on the Philippine drug war, supported an investigation into abuses in the civil war in Yemen, backed calls for an worldwide inquiry into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi by agents of Saudi Arabia, and this week joined a statement critical of China's treatment of Muslims in Xinjiang province.
Critics of the Philippine president's deadly anti-drug campaign said Friday that a vote by the U.N.'s top human rights body to look into the thousands of deaths of suspects is a crucial step toward bringing perpetrators to justice and helping end the killings.
Bachelet's spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasani, said the report would offer an opportunity to "get clarity around the contested facts, figures and circumstances" of the drug war. Police say they have killed 6,600 who were armed and fought back during attempts to arrest them, but activists say there may have been as many as 27,000 drug-related killings overall.
Duterte and the police have denied authorizing extrajudicial killings.
Last week, a three-year-old girl became one of the crackdown's youngest victims after she was shot dead in a drugs raid. Police say her father Renato had used her as a human shield.
His spokesman said such a probe would be humiliating for investigators and the 18 countries that backed the resolution, because they would find no evidence of atrocities. "You have too much ice and there is no clear day or night there".
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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte mocked the country of Iceland in a rambling speech Friday, suggesting that people in the small Nordic island nation "go about eating ice" and that they have "no policemen".
He said its validity is highly questionable, and that it doesn't represent the will of the council or emerging nations that he says are always the target of such resolutions.
"These sons of whores can not understand that we have a problem", Mr Duterte said in a speech to corrections officers, in his first comments on the resolution.
"It reeks of nauseating politics completely devoid of respect for the sovereignty of our country, even as it is bereft of the gruesome realities of the drug menace".
The said resolution called on the rights council to thoroughly review the human rights situation in the Philippines. There will be consequences: far-reaching ones.
If Duterte allows the investigation and it proceeds impartially, Panelo said, "We are certain its result will only lead to the humiliation of the investigators, as well as of Iceland and the 17 other nations". We should not recognize and accept the legitimacy of such resolution by a UNHRC minority vote and which are based on utter lies and fake news on human rights violations.
The Human Rights Council resolution underscores the outsized influence small countries can wield - in particular, the surprising role of Iceland, with fewer than 400,000 people.