Canadian PM Trudeau brought up human rights issues with Duterte

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The Philippines and Canada are working together to to bring to justice the Abu Sayyaf bandits who killed their Canadian hostages a year ago, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, November 14.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has surely touched the hearts of all the Filipinos in Manila where he visited mothers and babies at the Likhaan Center for Women's Health in Tondo.

"Canada is a Pacific country, and we want to be able to engage in broader issues of policy such as development and human rights", Trudeau said.

"I know it has been a long-standing irritant and I committed to him [Duterte], and I'm happy to commit to all of you now that Canada is very much engaged in finding a solution on that", he said. "But we continued to work with the Philippines so that everyone associated with that is brought to justice", Trudeau said in a press conference in Manila on Tuesday. "I will always bring that up", Trudeau told reporters in a media briefing after the summit.

"The President was receptive to my comments".

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"Countries around the world know that when you engage with Canada you will hear about human-rights concerns and we are the first to mention that we are not ideal, either".

He has been criticized by local environmental groups for the Canadian government's inaction in addressing the shipment of the country's garbage in the Philippines. They expressed concern over the number of killing in the government's drug war.

More than 3,900 pushers and users have been killed in the war on drugs that Duterte declared when he took office previous year.

A joint statement after the meeting said the two sides "underscored that human rights and the dignity of human life are essential, and agreed to continue mainstreaming the human rights agenda in their national programmes".

Trudeau said he also met Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi and raised the plight of Rohingya refugees, although he did not mention the Muslim minority by name.

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