By: Elena Grace Flores
As extra judicial killings in the Philippines escalates,
two United Nations or UN human rights experts is now calling the attention of President Rodrigo Duterte to ultimately stop the brutal killings that resulted from his present war on drugs. He was also warned that his incitement or inspiring and motivating police officers to resort to violence without maximum tolerance is a serious crime under international law.
Agnes Callamard, UN Special Rapporteur on summary executions, is now currently calling Duterte to stop endorsing the killing of drug suspects which is likened to giving “license to kill” to law enforcers without due process.
Dainius Pūras, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, also followed up on Callamard’s statement, saying;”Concerning drug-dependency, this should be treated as a public health issue and justice systems that decriminalize drug consumption and possession for personal use as a means to improve health outcomes.
They both agreed that: “Incentives to violence such as bounties or the promise of impunity also seriously contravene the rule of law and must end” “All allegations of killings and extrajudicial executions must be promptly and thoroughly investigated. Perpetrators and instigators must be sanctioned without exception.”
This is not the first time that the UN has sent an envoy to warn Duterte of his internationally illegal actions – but he just bluffed them off. This time, he must take them seriously because he can have the same faith as Thailand’s ex Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who was exiled overseas after ousting him from power through a UN backed human rights protest manifested by the military coup d’ etat.