353 NGOs urge stop to killings

Features Philippines Aug 5, 2016 at 4:42 pm
The photo has been dubbed  “La Pieta” as Jennilyn Olayres is seen cradling the body of Michael Siaron like the Virgin Mary mourning over a dead Jesus Christ in Michelangelo’s world-famous sculpture. (Viral photo by Raffy Lerma)

The photo has been dubbed “La Pieta” as Jennilyn Olayres is seen cradling the body of Michael Siaron like the Virgin Mary mourning over a dead Jesus Christ in Michelangelo’s world-famous sculpture. (Viral photo by Raffy Lerma)

LONDON (2nd August 2016) – Civil society groups from across the globe, including prominent human rights NGOs, 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.

353 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.

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