Philippines: ICJ sends letter to President Duterte expressing concern over wave of killings

The ICJ today wrote to President Rodrigo Duterte to express concern on the recent wave of unlawful killings of alleged drug dealers in the country.

The ICJ reminded Duterte of the statement he made during his inaugural speech that his “adherence to due process and the rule of law is uncompromising.”

“With that pledge in mind, we write to urge you to uphold the obligations of the Philippines under international human rights law to protect and promote the right to life, among other rights,” the ICJ letter says.

“To that end, we would request that your government take immediate and effective measures to counter the recent wave of unlawful killings as well as to address unresolved cases of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances in the country,” it adds.

Philippines-Letter to President Duterte 2-Advocacy-Open letters-2016-ENG (full letter in PDF)

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