#GlobalJustice Weekly - Deaths mount in Philippines war on drugs

Funeral workers in Manila remove the body of a man who was shot dead after he was accused of drug use. Photo: Daniel Berehulak for the New York Times

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The Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte continues to push back against international concerns around alleged extra-judicial killings in the country's war on drugs. Police reportedly say they have killed 2000 people suspected of drug-related crimes since July this year. A further 3500 homicides remain unsolved, allegedly at the hands of vigilantes. Last month, Duterte threatened to withdraw from the ICC after the Office of the Prosecutor stated that it was "closely following developments in the Philippines in the weeks to come and [would] record any instance of incitement or resort to violence with a view to assessing whether a preliminary examination into the situation of the Philippines needs to be opened." The Philippines joined the ICC in 2011. 

 

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ICC Investigations

Uganda: Trial against former Lord's Resistance Army commander Dominic Ongwen opens at ICC as defense seeks to adjourn over mental fitness to stand trial 

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Darfur, Sudan: ICC to hold public hearing in March 2017 on South Africa refusal to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir in June 2015.Government meanwhile threatens “other options” to end war in Darfur

Kenya: Local and international human rights organisations request the establishment of Commission of Inquiry into violations by security agencies

 

ICC Preliminary Examinations

Nigeria: UN warns that northern Nigeria faces 'largest crisis in Africa' as government conflict with Boko Haram becomes increasingly bogged down 

Burundi: Lawyers of victims of 2015 crisis offer to collaborate with UN Commission of Inquiry

 

Campaign for Global Justice

Positive news for universality of Rome Statute  as newly elected Gambian President Adama Barrow promises to keep country in the ICC and South African opposition party mounts legal bid to block government's withdrawal?

ICC judges amend several Regulations of the Court to improve efficiency of proceedings

ICC President Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi calls Court ' central to the global system for the protection of human rights' on occasion of Human Rights Day. See our 20 reasons to back the ICC and fight for global justice

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We all have a collective responsibility to amplify the voices of those unjustly oppressed #HumanRightsDay

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Around the World

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