[From the web] Rights groups see new light towards justice in ICC drug war probe resumption | RAPPLER

Rights groups see new light towards justice in ICC drug war probe resumption

Human rights groups on Friday, January 27, welcomed the “much awaited” decision of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to resume the investigation into the violent war on drugs under former president Rodrigo Duterte.

The Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) said that the move “brings light amid darkness” as justice continues to be out of reach for thousands of victims and their families. It called on President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to also hold the Duterte government accountable for its human rights abuses.

“The Philippine government should now realize that diplomatic runs and rhetorics on justice will not stop the ICC to do its work to deliver justice for serious crimes in international law,” PCICC co-chairperson Aurora Parong said in a statement.

“The ICC does not need general statements, it needs evidence that there are serious criminal prosecutions for specific cases in the Philippines,” she added.

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