Manila (AFP) – Amnesty International has called Monday for an independent investigation into the thousands of Filipinos killed in the name of the war on drugs by President Rodrigo Duterte , denouncing abuses that have become "systemic", perpetrated in "impunity".
The rebellion, which is a great success for many Filipinos, is the flagship policy of the head of state, but the night killings by Philippine police are internationally condemned.
Rodrigo Duterte came to power in 2016 on the promise to eradicate drug trafficking by killing tens of thousands of suspected drug traffickers and drug addicts. He said the fish from Manila Bay would grow fat on their bodies.
In its second report on the subject, Amnesty says the victims are mainly poor Filipinos, who figure for a lot on "drug watch lists".
Their names are provided by local authorities subject to "immense pressure" from the police to deliver a steady stream of suspects.
"Worse, the ones on the watch lists seem to be there indefinitely, with no way to be removed, even if they have been undergoing treatment and have stopped using drugs," he said. NGOs.
Believing that it is impossible to determine the exact number of deaths, Amnesty accuses Manila of pursuing a policy of "deliberate disinformation".
According to the government, 5,300 people were killed by the police, but the rights advocates believe that this figure should be increased by four.
The NGO whose seat is in London also denounces the "systematic character of the violations", in the words of Nicholas Bequelin, director for East Asia.
– "Failure of the international community" –
The press is disillusioned with the massacre, the authorities do not inquire, nor are there adequate treatment programs for drug addicts.
"This has the effect of creating a climate of total impunity in the country, in which the police and others are free to kill without any repercussion," the report accuses.
As it did in its first report, Amnesty believes that "crimes committed may be crimes against humanity".
The group investigated the deaths of 27 people in Bulacan, a province near Manila, which has become "one of the bloodiest death fields in the country".
Amnesty accuses police officers of opening the doors before shooting down the suspects, removing others to kill them elsewhere. The police traffic crime scenes, invent their reports, and steal the victims, she still accuses.
"The failure of the international community to bring a true response to these serious human rights violations (…) has encouraged the government to broaden the fight against human rights. Independence, to human rights defenders and political activists, "the report continues.
The NGO calls on the UN Human Rights Council to open an independent investigation "to stop these crimes, to provide justice and reparations to countless families and victims".
This appeal echoes a draft resolution proposed by Iceland to the Council, supported mainly by Western countries.
While the Council is expected to vote on the text by July 12, Manila has once again asked the international community to get involved with its affairs.
"Attempts by foreign countries to interfere in the way this government maintains peace and order is not only an affront to its intelligence but also a violation of its sovereignty," he said. Friday, the spokesman of the president, Salvador Panelo.
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