U.N. special rapporteur Agnes Callamard welcomes suspension of PH drug war, but seeks probe

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — United Nations Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard welcomed the government's move to stop the war on drugs.

But she said the probe on extrajudicial killings shouldn't stop just because the drug war took a back seat.

"A pause in the war on drugs is welcomed. It must include investigation of all unlawful death," Callamard posted on her Twitter account on Tuesday.

She also sought for accountability from those behind drug-related killings.

Rights group Amnesty International has recorded more than 7,000 drug-related killings, while the PNP said it killed 2,551 drug suspects from July 1, 2016 to January 30.

Read: War vs. poor: Police paid per drug killing – Amnesty International

Callamard said she wanted to probe the spate of killings in the country after Malacañang criticized the U.N. for not understanding what is happening locally.

Related: U.N. special rapporteur: All killings by the police should be probed

The government and Callamard have not reached an agreement on her visit after both sides said they are not giving in on each others' terms on the probe.

Read: Duterte shoots down U.N. rapporteur's counterproposal

The drug war was suspended on Monday amid controversy over alleged involvement of rogue policemen in the kidnap-slay of South Korean businessman Jee Ick-joo.

Read: War on drugs suspended, takes back seat in war against rogue cops