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Friday, March 3, 2017

The Killing Squads: Inside the Philippines’ ‘War on Drugs’

Photo © 2016 Carlo Gabuco for Human Rights Watch
Philippine police are falsifying evidence to justify unlawful killings in a “war on drugs” that has caused more than 7,000 deaths. President Rodrigo Duterte’s role in these killings makes him ultimately responsible for the deaths of thousands.
New Human Rights Watch research finds that the killing campaign against suspected drug users and dealers, openly encouraged and applauded by President Duterte, is effectively a war on the urban poor that could amount to crimes against humanity.
Human Rights Watch’s Emergencies Director Peter Bouckaert has documented this unprecedented wave of killing in the capital, Manila. We asked him how he was able to track the police killing squads.

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