We stand with 300+ NGOs in calling on the United Nations to take immediate action on the hundreds of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug offenders in the Philippines
LONDON (2nd August 2016) – Civil society groups, including prominent human rights NGOs, from across the globe have called on UN drug control authorities to urge an immediate stop to the extrajudicial killings of suspected drug offenders in the Philippines. Since 10th May 2016, more than 700 people have been killed by police and vigilantes in the Philippines for being suspected of using or dealing drugs, as a direct result of recently-elected President Duterte’s campaign to eradicate crime within six months.
Until now, however, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) – the UN agencies responsible for global drug control – have failed to condemn the Philippines for these gross human rights violations committed in the name of drug control.
Over 300 non-governmental organisations today sent an open letter to the UNODC Executive Director, Mr. Yury Fedotov, and the INCB President, Mr. Werner Sipp, asking them to take immediate action aimed at putting a stop to the extrajudicial killings.
“We are calling on the UN drug control bodies to publicly condemn these atrocities in the Philippines. This senseless killing cannot be justified as a drug control measure”, said Ann Fordham, Executive Director of the International Drug Policy Consortium. “Their silence is unacceptable, while people are being killed on the streets day after day”, she continued.
The open letter asks the UNODC and the INCB to call on President Duterte to:
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|Gloria Lai (based in Thailand)||Marie Nougier (based in the UK)|
|Senior Policy Officer||Senior Research and Communications Officer|
|International Drug Policy Consortium||International Drug Policy Consortium|
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The open letter is available here: http://bit.ly/2asda5Y
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