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Duterte faces new complaint before Int'l Criminal Court

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Families of drug war victims tell the International Criminal Court that President Rodrigo Duterte must be 'held to account for crimes against humanity'

JUSTICE. Families seek justice for the deaths of their loved ones. Photo by Jodesz Gavilan/Rappler

JUSTICE. Families seek justice for the deaths of their loved ones. Photo by Jodesz Gavilan/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Families left behind by people killed in the Philippine government's bloody anti-drug campaign took their quest for justice to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

On Tuesday, August 28, the families who convened under the Rise Up for Life and for Rights network called on the ICC's Office of the Prosecutor to indict and eventually convict President Rodrigo Duterte for thousands of extrajudicial killings.


In a 50-page complaint addressed to Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, the families "call for an end to madness and for President Duterte, who has likened himself to one of the most evil men in history, to be brought before the ICC and be held to account for crimes against humanity."

"The extrajudicial killings, mass arrests, roving searches, and other inhumane acts in the Philippines under the auspices, order, command, and policy of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte threaten the core principles of humanity itself, subsuming individual victim experiences, and even state borders," the families told the ICC.

Aside from Rise Up, relatives of 6 victims are also named in the document – Irma Locasia, Dennise David, Maria Lozano, Mariel Sabangan, Normita Lopez, and Purisima Dacumos. They are represented by the National Union of Peoples' Lawyers (NUPL).

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