[In the news] US senators file resolution condemning ‘ongoing human rights abuses’ in the Philippines -PhilStar.com

Five United States senators introduced a bipartisan resolution highlighting human rights concerns in the Philippines and urging the Duterte administration to respect freedom of expression.

US Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Chris Coons (D-Del.) this week filed the six-page resolution, which specifically raised the cases of detained Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima and Rappler CEO and veteran journalist Maria Ressa.

“Extrajudicial killings in the Philippines have been a stain on the country’s human rights record,” Markey said.

“But rather than working with lawmakers, journalists, and civil society in the Philippines to hold perpetrators for these crimes accountable, the Duterte government is turning the law against the very voices promoting the rights of the Philippine people,” he added.

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