NGO “Diogenis Drug Policy Dialogue” co-signed, along with 200 other civil society organizations, a statement calling for urgent measures to put an end to the extrajudicial executions policy of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and to seek justice. The statement was made public on Thursday 9/11 shortly before US President Donald Trump (who repeatedly praised Duterte’s drug war) met for the first time with Duterte during the Asian Nations Summit in the Philippines (ASEAN ) on 12-14 November. The meeting of the two Presidents took place today and, as expected, the issue of human rights and extrajudicial executions was not discussed.
Of the over 200 co-signing organizations, more than 40 are based in Asia, including the majority of ASEAN member countries as well as India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The statement also lists several networks of organizations across Asia on issues such as HIV, LGTB and drug users.
“We are asking for an accountability process, starting with a UN-led study,” the statement said. “We also call on the world leaders at the ASEAN Summit to demand categorically the end of extrajudicial executions and respect for human rights.”
The statement also says: “Since the Philippines escalated the” war on drugs “in June last year, more than 3,900 people were killed in anti-drug operations, with about 2,300 drug-related and thousands more still “unexplained”, while estimates by the media and human rights groups for total extrajudicial executions of the war on drugs ranged from 7,000 to 14,000.
You can read the entire text of the joint statement and the list of signatures here.