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ICC Resumes Probe of Philippines’ Deadly “War on Drugs”

HeadlineJan 27, 2023

The International Criminal Court says it will resume its investigation into possible crimes against humanity committed as part of former Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s brutal war on drugs. The probe was suspended in November 2021 after Philippine officials said they were conducting their own review of the crimes. The ICC accused Philippine authorities of failing to take meaningful steps to investigate or prosecute the killings. A United Nations report found at least 8,600 people were killed in the drug war unleashed by Duterte, with some estimates suggesting the true toll could be three times higher. Police often falsified evidence to justify the unlawful killings.

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