- The United Nations was urged to investigate the war on drugs in the Philippines
- Iceland helmed the call and submitted a draft resolution
- Activists also said that more than 20 countries backed the resolution
The Republic of Iceland decided to file a draft resolution before the United Nations, requesting an investigation on the war on drugs of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
KAMI learned that the large number of victims of the extra-judicial killings in the country has already alarmed the international community.
According to police reports, there were more than 5,000 people linked to narcotics who died because of “legitimate” anti-drugs police operations.
However, activists and human rights groups claimed that the death toll has reached more than 27 thousand already since Duterte launched the bloody war.
Because of this, Iceland opted to file a resolution that seeks to prevent any extra-judicial activities or executions from happening in the Philippines.
The draft also wants the country’s government to cooperate with the United Nations and its offices should the investigation starts.
"In a non-armed conflict context, this is the worst case of extrajudicial killings globally," Ellecer Carlos, a member of In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity (iDEFEND), quipped through Reuters.
Before July 12, the Geneva forum is expected to air its decision about the call of Iceland and reportedly of some European nations versus the Philippines’ drug war.
In a previous article by KAMI, Risa Hontiveros was criticized by many netizens after filing a resolution that sought to declare August 16 as National Day of Remembrance.
The Philippines is one of the 47 members of United Nations. The Asian country has drawn both support and criticisms from other countries with regards to the intensive operations against narcotics.
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