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LAMENTATION A weeping Jennelyn Olaires hugs partner Michael Siaron, 30, a pedicab driver and alleged drug pusher, who was shot and killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen near Pasay Rotonda on Edsa. He was one of six killed in drug-related incidents in Pasay and Manila yesterday. RAFFY LERMA/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/794598/kill-list-drugs-duterte#ixzz4FSaJ3O65 [Philippine Daily Inquirer]
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LAMENTATION: A weeping Jennelyn Olaires hugs partner Michael Siaron, 30, a pedicab driver and alleged drug pusher, who was shot and killed by motorcycle-riding gunmen.
[Raffy Lerma / Philippine Daily Inquirer]

More than 300 NGOs call on the United Nations to take immediate action on the hundreds of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug offenders in the Philippines 

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has called for mass killings of "drug dealers" by police and civilians and has promised to pardon those who do so [JosDaily]
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Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has called for mass killings of “drug dealers” by police and civilians and has promised to pardon those who do so
[JosDaily]

Civil society groups from across the globe, including prominent human rights NGOs, have called on UN drug control authorities to urge an immediate stop to the extrajudicial killings of suspected drug offenders in the Philippines.

Since May 10, more than 700 people have been killed by police and vigilantes in the Philippines for being suspected of using or dealing drugs, as a direct result of recently-elected President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign pledge to eradicate crime within six months.

Duterte was elected President on May 30 and began his presidential term on June 30. He declared a War On Drugs in which both police and civilians are encouraged to kill drug user/traffickers. Duterte has even promised to pardon those who carry out the killings.

At least 704 people have been killed between May 10 and July 29, 2016, reports ABS CBN News.

Communications Secretary Martin Andanar: "Quote: [Philippine Daily Inquirer]
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Communications Secretary Martin Andanar:
60,000 “drug dependents” have surrendered to authorities
[Philippine Daily Inquirer]

Communications Office Secretary Martin Andanar said 60,000 “drug dependents” have surrendered to authorities, according to the Daily Mailthis, of course, is quite understandable, since they are apparently being gunned down in the streets like dogs.

Until now, however, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) – the UN agencies responsible for global drug control – have failed to condemn the Philippines for these gross human rights violations committed in the name of “drug control.”

More than 300 non-governmental organisations on Tuesday sent an open letter to the UNODC Executive Director, Yury Fedotov, and the INCB President, Werner Sipp, asking them to take immediate action aimed at putting a stop to the extrajudicial killings.

Ann Fordham, International Drug Policy Consortium: "Quote" [ID PC / YouTube]
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Ann Fordham, International Drug Policy Consortium:
“We are calling on the UN drug control bodies to publicly condemn these atrocities in the Philippines”
[ID PC / YouTube]

“We are calling on the UN drug control bodies to publicly condemn these atrocities in the Philippines. This senseless killing cannot be justified as a drug control measure,” said Ann Fordham, Executive Director of the International Drug Policy Consortium. “Their silence is unacceptable, while people are being killed on the streets day after day.”

The open letter asks the UNODC and the INCB to call on President Duterte to:

  • Immediately end the incitements to kill people suspected of using or dealing drugs,
  • Act to fulfill international human rights obligations, such as the rights to life, health, due process and a fair trial, as set out in the human rights treaties ratified by the Philippines,
  • Promote evidence-based, voluntary treatment and harm reduction services for people who use drugs instead of compulsory rehabilitation in military camps, and
  • Not to reinstate the death penalty for drug offenses.

Statements by international human rights groups:

Statements by local human right groups:

Statements by drug policy groups:

 

 

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