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  • Duterte’s Kill Policies on its “Second Wave”

    Friday, 18 August 2017 | Statement

    For lack of a credible answer to the persistence of drug trafficking and corruption among his men, President Duterte responds once again with the usual threats of violence and death to human rights defenders. After a year and thousands of victims of extrajudicial killings, drugs continue to flow into the country, and even implicating the President’s own family in connection with local and…


  • SONA: A Year under President Duterte: Human Insecurity and Martial Law

    Monday, 24 July 2017 | Statement

    Rodrigo Duterte’s first year as president, entrenched impunity with his “kill, kill,kill” rhetoric and this has netted more than 12,000 dead men, women and children to date.

    His campaign against drugs is conducted akin to “waging war”, targeting the most vulnerable, marginalized section of the Philippine population—the least, last and lost- for extermination outside the bounds of the…


  • Watch: The Human Rights Consequences of the War on Drugs in the Philippines

    Thursday, 20 July 2017 | Statement

    The US Congress' Tom Lantos Human Rights Commision conducted a hearing on the human rights consequences of the ‘war on drugs’ currently underway in the Philippines. Ellecer Carlos, iDEFEND's spokesperson, is among the witnesses who gave a report.

    Below is a video of the said hearing.

    Start playing the video at 1:04:00 or…


  • US Congress Public Hearing: The Human Rights Consequences of the War on Drugs in the Philippines

    Tuesday, 18 July 2017 | Statement

    The United States Congress will hold a public hearing reagarding the "The Human Rights Consequences of the War on Drugs in the Philippines". This is scheduled on July 20, 2017 at 10:00am (10:00pm in Manila time) at 2200 Rayburn House Office Building.


  • President Duterte’s Steady March to Authoritarian Rule

    Wednesday, 5 July 2017 | Statement

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    The Supreme Court’s 11-3-1 ruling, favoring Martial Law in Mindanao, has dashed the hopes of petitioners that Proclamation 216 will be rescinded before its 60-day deadline.