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Philippines' war on drugs included 'systematic extrajudicial killings with near impunity', UN report says

Jun 04, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
Police, who do not need search or arrest warrants to conduct house raids, systematically force suspects to make self-incriminating statements or risk facing lethal force, the UN human rights office said in a report.

"Despite credible allegations of widespread and systematic extrajudicial killings in the context of the campaign against illegal drugs, there has been near impunity for such violations," the report said.

"The human rights situation in the Philippines is marked by an overarching focus on public order and national security, including countering terrorism and illegal drugs," it said.

"The government has also increasingly filed criminal charges, including by using Covid-19 special powers laws, against social media users posting content critical of government policies and actions," the report added.

At least 248 land and environmental rights activists, lawyers, journalists and trade unionists were killed from 2015 to 2019, the report said.