Target: President Rodrigo Duterte
Goal: Act to end extrajudicial executions by law enforcement, and ensure that policing adhere to international law and standards.
Hundreds of people have been killed in the Philippines by both police and vigilantes since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in the Philippines, vowing to crack down on the drug trade. Over 120 of those killed remain unidentified. Many have allegedly been killed while in police custody, others killed during raids in search of alleged drug dealers.
International law and standards of policing prohibit the use of force by law enforcement unless it is an absolutely necessary and proportionate reaction to circumstances. These killings represent a violation of the right to due process, the right to life, and the right to liberty. Furthermore, these killings represent an abandonment of the government’s duty to protect its citizens. Sign our petition and demand an end to these killings.
Dear President Duterte,
I was shocked to hear reports that vigilantes and police have killed over 700 people since June 30th. This represents both a violation of human rights and a dereliction of your government’s duty to protect citizens. Furthermore, under international law and standards of policing, the use of force is strictly prohibited unless necessary or proportionate. Victims have been killed in custody, a clear violation of this principle.
While I recognize that combating crime was an important part of your election platform, these methods are neither appropriate nor legal. Furthermore, the lack of due process leaves innocent citizens vulnerable to violence, without having a commensurate impact on drug trafficking. I urge you to do everything in your power to end this violence.
[Your Name Here]
Photo Credit: Keith Bacongco