Friday, September 25, 2020
More

    Latest Posts

    Duterte now a known dictator with EU Parliament vote

    President Rodrigo Duterte has become a globally infamous dictator with the European Union (EU) Parliament passing a resolution on the country’s human...

    ICHRP mourns state murder of Filipina human rights worker

    Slain paralegal Zara Alvarez helped bring cases of Negros killings to UNHRC “We mourn the killing of human rights...

    Global rights group condemns state murder of Filipino peace consultant

    Assassination of land reform activist Randall Echanis designed to destroy peace dialogue The International Coalition for Human Rights in...

    The Philippine Government Should Immediately Repeal Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, which Harms Human rights and Democracy!

    We Condemn the Duterte government for Continuous Suppression of Human Rights!  Statement of ICHRP-Korea on the signing of the...

    ICHRP on drug-related killings

    The International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines views with grave concern the current drug-related killings which has claimed close to 4,000 lives in the past four months.

    President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs” has identified local drug lords and “narco-politicans” together with their police protectors as promoters of illicit drugs. He has also started to forge agreements with Southeast Asian neighbors to crack down on cross-border drug-trafficking.

    We recognize Duterte’s commitment to stamp out drugs in the country. Drug-crazed crimes have risen in the past years and drug abuse is ruining the lives of the working people and the youth. The illicit drug most widely manufactured and distributed is methamphetamine or shabu also known as “poor man’s cocaine”. High society and the rich use more exotic cocktails of drugs.

    However, most of the victims are lowly addicts, gunned down under the pretext of having resisted arrest or being armed and dangerous. The rules of engagement during shootouts almost always favor the police version of incidents. It is not unreasonable to doubt that many of the killings are “rub-out operations” aimed at eliminating evidence of the involvement of military, police and government officials in the drug trade.

    The ICHRP condemns police brutality in the arrests and killings. Arbitrary murder is a human rights abuse, and the Philippines government must take action to stop this aspect of the anti-drugs campaign.

    We insist that the big-time drug lords, foreign and local financiers, and their protectors should be arrested, tried and punished to the fullest extent. Drug peddlers and lowly users should be rehabilitated to become productive members of society.

    Illicit drug-use comes from the deepening poverty and suffering of the Filipino people. Its trade is exploited for quick profits by police-protected criminal syndicates. Politics and even international relations have been tainted by it, with the United States, the European Union and the United Nations joining the fray.

    Addressing the social, economic and political ills of society is the only way to stamp out narcotics and the drug problem.  Summary killings would only add to the suffering of the people.

    Reference:

    Peter Murphy
    Chairperson, Global Council, ICHRP
    Mobile: +61 418312301

    Latest Posts

    Duterte now a known dictator with EU Parliament vote

    President Rodrigo Duterte has become a globally infamous dictator with the European Union (EU) Parliament passing a resolution on the country’s human...

    ICHRP mourns state murder of Filipina human rights worker

    Slain paralegal Zara Alvarez helped bring cases of Negros killings to UNHRC “We mourn the killing of human rights...

    Global rights group condemns state murder of Filipino peace consultant

    Assassination of land reform activist Randall Echanis designed to destroy peace dialogue The International Coalition for Human Rights in...

    The Philippine Government Should Immediately Repeal Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020, which Harms Human rights and Democracy!

    We Condemn the Duterte government for Continuous Suppression of Human Rights!  Statement of ICHRP-Korea on the signing of the...

    Don't Miss

    Urgently withdraw “red-tagging” of National Council of Churches of the Philippines, restore the peace talks

    November 7, 2019 Ret Maj Gen Delfin Lorenzana, Secretary, Dept of National Defence DND Building, Segundo Ave. Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo Quezon City, Philippines 1110; Email: publicaffairs.dnd@gmail.com Urgently withdraw “red-tagging” of National...

    Asia Pacific Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines Condemns Mass Arrest of Activists in Negros and Metro Manila

    4 November 2019 Asia Pacific Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines Condemns Mass Arrest of Activists in Negros and Metro Manila The Asia Pacific Coalition...

    Condemn mass arrest of 57 unionists and social activists in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental

    November 5, 2019 Hon Michelle Bachelet United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Palais des Nations CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland E-mail: registry@ohchr.org Condemn mass arrest of 57 unionists and social...

    Bicol, Negros, Samar: intensifying repression

    Human rights in the Philippines roundup May-June 2019   The biggest human-rights news in May-June 2019 in the Philippines are the killings and illegal arrests of activists in...

    A/HRC/41/L.20: Resolution on the promotion and protection of human rights in the Philippines

    Reposted from the UN Human Rights Council site (URL source below) Human Rights Council Forty-first session 24 June–12 July 2019 Agenda item 2 Annual report of the United Nations...

    Stay in touch

    To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.