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The Prime Minister said he wasn’t going to stop Duterte from stopping over, despite opposition to his human rights record.
Key said he talked with Duterte at APEC, and he’s stopping in New Zealand to take a break on his way home.
Key said he made it pretty clear when he met the president earlier in the year, that New Zealand doesn’t agree with some of the more controversial human rights abuses.
There are to be only informal talks between our Government and president while he’s in the country.
Meanwhile, a human rights lawyer says the New Zealand Government should have stopped the controversial president from coming to our shores.
Michael Bott said the Government needs to grow a backbone towards Duterte, who has a very low regard for human rights.
He said: “It’s bad enough that he’s killing people without trial, what’s worse is that when there’s innocent people, including women and children caught in the crossfire and butchered in this way, he says it’s nothing.”