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Help Stop Extrajudicial Executions (Philippines: UA 186/16)

Urgent Action
September 20, 2016

Approximately 3000 people have been killed by police and unknown vigilantes in the Philippines since President Duterte came into power on 30 June. Many may amount to extrajudicial executions. The President has vowed that the killings will continue.
 
Latest figures as of 20 September show that at least 3000 people have been killed in a wave of state-sanctioned violence since President Duterte came into power on 30 June. In a speech on 6 September, the President issued his latest promise that his crackdown on those accused of using or selling drugs would continue, acknowledging that ‘plenty (more) will be killed’. On 16 September, President Duterte announced he was extending his campaign for six more months.
 
The wave of killing across the Philippines has resulted in increased lawlessness and ‘punishment’ being meted out in the absence of any legal authority or fair legal procedures. The unlawful killing has not just affected alleged drug users and dealers, but also many bystanders, including children as young as five.
 
Under international law, the Philippines has a legal obligation to respect and protect the right to life at all times. International law and standards narrowly restrict the use of force by police to situations where it is absolutely necessary and used proportionately. Police must apply non-violent means before resorting to the use of force, and carry out their duties in a way that ensures full respect for human rights, among them the right to life, liberty and security of all persons, including those suspected of crime. Incitement to violence and discrimination is prohibited under international law and risks escalating violence in the country. The unlawful and deliberate killing carried out by order of officials or with the state’s complicity or acquiescence is an extrajudicial execution and is a crime under international law. The Philippines has an obligation to investigate and prosecute credible allegations of extrajudicial executions and any other unlawful killings and bring those suspected of criminal responsibility to justice in fair trials.
 
1) TAKE ACTION
Write a letter, send an email, call, fax or tweet:
  • Urging the President to condemn extrajudicial executions and other unlawful killings and call on law enforcement officials to abide strictly by international law and standards on the use of force;
  • Urging the authorities to ensure prompt, independent and impartial investigations into all reports of use of lethal force by the police, extrajudicial executions and other unlawful killings and ensure those responsible are brought to justice through a fair trial process;
  • Urging them to ensure that police activities are subject to independent oversight by setting up an independent police oversight body, protection of witnesses and enhanced transparency and accountability mechanisms.
Contact these 2 officials by 1 November, 2016:
President Rodrigo Duterte
Malacanang Palace
1000 Jose P Laurel Sr,
San Miguel, Manila,
Metro Manila,
Philippines
Email: pace_op@malacanang.gov.ph
Salutation: Your Excellency
 
Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr., Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines
1600 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington DC 20036
Fax: 1 202 467 9417  I  Phone: 1 202 467 9300  I  Email: information@philippineembassy-usa.org
Salutation: Dear Ambassador
 
2) LET US KNOW YOU TOOK ACTION
Here’s why it is so important to report your actions: we record the number of actions taken on each case and use that information in our advocacy. Either email uan@aiusa.org with “UA 186/16” in the subject line or click this link.
 
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