Amnesty International claims that in only one 12 months of the Duterte authorities there have been extra extrajudicial killings than below the decade-long rule of Ferdinand Marcos.
James Gomez, the human rights watchdog’s regional director, mentioned: “Duterte got here to energy vowing to rid the Philippines of crime.
“Instead, individuals have been killed within the 1000’s by — or on the behest of — a police power that acts exterior the legislation, on the orders of a president who has proven nothing however contempt for human rights and the individuals who arise for them.
“The Duterte authorities has resisted accountability at each stage. There has been no credible investigation by the authorities and there was no cooperation with the UN particular rapporteur.
“The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court may order a preliminary investigation into the mass killings. Given the rampant impunity, this may be the best option.”
Mr Gomez additionally warned of “lawlessness spreading in the country”.
“When human rights and the rule of law are cast aside, police become rogue and emboldened, and ordinary people suffer,” he mentioned. “Security forces have an obligation to abide by worldwide legislation and requirements.
“When they don’t, there is nothing differentiating them from the people they are supposed to be confronting.”
Senator Leila de Lima, a fierce critic of the president who’s presently imprisoned on drug-related charges, described Duterte’s first 12 months as a “year of lies, flawed policies and reckless violence”.
In two handwritten statements issued from her cell, she mentioned: “I’m the red flag that he waves on the Filipino individuals to distract them from his damaged guarantees and their sufferings below his rule.
“One year. I can weep about my 127 days in detention, but my personal sufferings are nothing compared to what our people have suffered in one year of broken promises and misrule.”
However, in a speech in Tagum City right now (Saturday, July 1) the president hit again at his critics.
“Most of the time, these human rights defend criminals. They have no clients who are not criminal,” he mentioned.
“And that on daily basis, as there may be an addict that’s killed, there may be additionally an harmless one that is held up, to be arrested, to die… and these idiots simply flip a blind eye.
“You can never hear the human rights, or the human rights lawyers even just an expression of sympathy or condemnation. The idiots do not care.”
Meanwhile, the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) — the federal government’s personal watchdog — has issued a reminder concerning the that means of ‘human rights’.
In an infographic posted on Facebook this weekend, the CHR explains that its perform is to be “the conscience of the government”.
“It is the CHR’s obligation to guard the residents’ rights from abuses by the state, comparable to the federal government, police, and navy.
“It is the mandate of the CHR to make sure that there can be no abuse or negligence on the a part of the federal government in defending and upholding the rights of all of the residents, particularly these within the margins.
“Each department of presidency has an obligation to look at and fulfil the rights and the wants of the citizenry. But if it’s the state or the federal government itself that violates or denies human rights, that’s when the CHR will act because the conscience of the federal government.
“If it’s a civilian or non-public one that did the crime, comparable to killing or rape, it’s the Philippine National Police who has the obligation and mandate to take motion.
“We usually are not towards the federal government peace and order programme, not towards going after drug syndicates.
“What we are against are the shortcutting of processes, such that innocent people merely accused are killed by the wayside in this campaign.”