In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement welcomes the decision of the ICC Prosecutor to conduct a preliminary investigation into EJKs under the government’s war on illegal drugs. iDEFEND considers it as a critical opportunity for government to seriously re-asses its violent approach to the drugs issue in the country and to finally abandon the current war on drugs.
The Philippines ratified the ICC Statute on August 30, 2011, giving the ICC jurisdiction over defined crimes as well as committing its full cooperation in the enforcement of the Court’s duties. Prior to this the Philippines had actively participated in the drafting of its Statute (Rome Statute), defining the crimes under the ICC jurisdiction (war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, crimes of aggression), and influencing other Asian states to ratify the same.
On a platform of change Duterte won the Presidency. More than one year into his term, change only came in the form of deeper poverty and corruption, betrayed hopes and political suppression.
From the promises of eliminating drug trafficking, crime, corruption, ending contractualization, demolitions, ending environmental destruction, oligarchy, and the decades old war with the CPP-NPA rebels, nothing has been fulfilled except the persecution of political opponents, destruction of democratic institutions, undermining of due process, fake news, twisted values and renewed war.
Nobyembre 26, labing-isang kalalakihan ang inaresto sa isang hotel sa lunsod ng Taguig. Ayon sa PDEA, naaktuhan ang mga ito na kasalukuyang gumagamit ng droga. Di umano, dalawa sa kanila’y matagal nang target ng ahensya dahil sa pagbebenta at paggamit ng droga. Binuksan ng pangyayaring ito ang maraming usapin na malaon na nating pinaglalaban.
Takot at Pananakot
Sa pagpapatuloy ng marahas na kampanya ng gubyerno laban sa droga, namamayani na ang kultura ng takot at pananakot. Hawak man ito ng PNP o PDEA, hindi tumitigil ang death toll mula sa mga operasyon. Lalo lamang lumalaki ang pangamba sa ating mga kababayan na kahit na sino ay maaring mapahamak — damputin at / o patayin.
The In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) and the Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) condemn in the strongest terms – the continuing attack against human rights defenders (HRDs) in the Philippines which is now compounded by the Duterte administration’s anti-human rights policies and actions that are creating a more hostile environment for human rights work.
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte in many instances has repeatedly threatened to kill human rights defenders who are criticizing his bloody “war on drugs” that already claimed more than 13,000 deaths including innocent civilians and children. By recently declaring the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army as “terrorists” and by ordering the immediate arrest, not only of armed rebels, but also of all members of the "legal fronts" supporting them, he just made an open season for further attack against the human rights defenders.