[Statement] Duterte a gross human rights violator – iDEFEND

Duterte a gross human rights violator

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“Duterte is a gross human rights violator who uses the war on drugs as a tool to impose authoritarian rule in order to inflict unopposed, anti-people economic policies, towards further exacerbating human rights violations against the Filipino nation. He has effectively undermined the spaces and opportunities for engagement with civil society as well as government’s obligations to human rights.”

These are the findings of the 2017 general assembly of In Defense Of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDEFEND) in Quezon City yesterday. After more than a year’s campaign against extrajudicial killings, iDEFEND concluded that President Duterte continues to blatantly violate the right to life as well as the people’s right to live in dignity.

In their unity statement the group stated that “President Duterte’s harsh pronouncements against human rights incite further rights violations and are an affront to human dignity as his war on drugs continues to infringe on the basic right to life. Rule of law and due process no longer hold sway.”

 

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