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“Philippines’ human rights situation has worsened in 2018” — International rights group

Police marking indicating fifth slug found on a crime scene after a man was killed, who police said was a drug related vigilante killing in Pasig, Metro Manila, Philippines February 1, 2017. REUTERS/Erik De Castro

The Philippines’ human rights situation has worsened in 2018 despite the continuous campaign against illegal drugs, according to a certain international rights group.

According to the assessment made by the Human rights Watch (HRW), the human rights crisis in the Philippines unleashed since President Rodrigo Duterte took office in June 2016 which has deepened in 2018 as Duterte continued his murderous “war on drugs” in the face of mounting international criticism.

Their data also pointed out Duterte’s previous withdrawal from the International Criminal Court in response to preliminary investigations being conducted on the anti-illegal drugs campaign.

According to reports, HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth criticized the extrajudicial killings. Also, the international group expressed difficulty in ascertaining the number of fatalities under Duterte’s drug war due to “contradictory statistics.”

The group also revealed that they had difficulty in ascertaining the number of fatalities under Duterte’s drug war due to “contradictory statistics.”

According to the government’s data, the month of December showed that 5,050 have been killed in anti-illegal drug operations since the President took office in July 2016, but other groups believe it to be as high as 22,000.

HRW also took note of the attack on human rights defenders and critics of the Duterte administration, citing Senator Antonio Trillanes’ amnesty void. The advocacy group also alerted of mandatory drug testing among Grade 4 students, saying that this endangers children should they fail it.

“Mandatory testing may also violate children’s right to bodily integrity, constitute arbitrary interference with their privacy and dignity, and may deter children from attending school for reasons unrelated to any potential drug use,” HRW said.


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