Statement of the Embassy of France to the Philippines

Manila, 30 August 2017 – In a recent media engagement, President Duterte mentioned French criminal law, saying that in France, you are guilty until proven innocent.

We have to point out that, as in the Philippines, the presumption of innocence until proven guilty is at the core of the French judicial system, based on the principles enshrined in the French Declaration of Human and Civic Rights of August 26, 1789.

France strongly believes in the importance of the rule of law, due process and respect for human rights in all countries, including the Philippines. ###

Dernière modification : 13/12/2017

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