- Amnesty International (AI) criticized the Philippine government for their alleged failure to stop the spate of extrajudicial killings in the country
- AI urged the Philippine government to create an independent commission that would handle the human rights violation complaints against the police
- The group also stated that the government has a responsibility to protect the human rights of all citizens, including criminals
An international human rights group on Wednesday expressed its concern over the rising number of summary killings in the country, calling it an indication of President Rodrigo Duterte’s failure to maintain peace and security in the Philippines.
According to Amnesty International (AI), the spate of extrajudicial killings in the country is a “terrifying indication that the authorities are grossly failing in their obligations to respect and protect the right to life.”
The international group pointed out that the criminals also have human rights which should be defended by the government.
“The State has a duty to protect people from all forms of violence, including an obligation of due diligence to prevent killings and to promptly, independently and impartially investigate such killings and bring perpetrators to justice,” AI stated.
The group also accused Duterte of making statements that seem to encourage the violation of drug criminals’ human rights.
As a solution, the AI urged Duterte to set up an independent commission which would be responsible for handling complaints about human rights violations committed by members of the police force. The group also encouraged the Philippine government to provide adequate medical care for drug addicts or users.
According to Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, there had already been over 1,000 summary killings and 712 killings during legitimate police operations since Duterte assumed office.
However, the PNP chief denied that the police are involved in the vigilante killings. Dela Rosa said that the drug lords are using Duterte’s aggressive anti-drug campaign as a cover-up for their murders of drug rivals or pushers who have failed to remit their earnings.
The top PNP officials are attending the Senate hearings regarding the spate of vigilante killings in the country. – Kami Media