The War on Drugs and Human Rights in the Philippines

13 April 2017 - Event

The Duterte administration has refused to address and investigate the steep rise in extra-judicial killings, perpetrated by both uniformed personnel and unidentified ‘vigilantes’, whose signature modes of execution belie official claims that the victims fought back.

TNI is proud to welcome Budit in the Netherlands - he spent his youth here as a child refugee with his brother and political refugee parents and returned in his late teens to the Philippines and is now one of the inspiring leaders of a new coalition IDEFEND to counter-act the declining adherence to human rights and the rule of law.

Date
13 April 2017
Time
4:00 to 5:30 pm
Location
Transnational Institute, De Wittenstraat 25, Amsterdam

General public event with speaker: Ellecer “Budit” Carlos, Spokesperson for the human rights coalition iDefend 

In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDefend) is a formation of over 50 human right and grassroots organizations, NGOs, and other cause oriented groups aiming to counter-act the declining adherence to human rights and the rule of law, and act as a platform for citizens to obtain a rights-based governance and sustainable development. iDefend asserts and defends the Filipino people’s rights towards the fulfillment of a dignified life for all, by engaging government policy, making duty bearers accountable and promoting public awareness on and adherence to human rights. iDefend actively transforms collective voices into public action and calls on other concerned citizens and groups to support and join its ranks so that Filipinos can effectively claim and defend their basic entitlements.

IDefend is especially campaigning against the “war on drugs” of President Duterte, which cost over 7000 lives so far, the re-imposition of the dead penalty, the vilification of human rights defenders and deliberate distortion of human rights principles. The Philippine government  regards the victims - mostly urban poor - as ‘not part of humanity’. The ‘war on drugs’ has not spared children, a number of whom were specifically targeted for execution.

 

The Duterte administration has refused to address and investigate the steep rise in extra-judicial killings, perpetrated by both uniformed personnel and unidentified ‘vigilantes’, whose signature modes of execution belie official claims that the victims fought back.