Target: Fatou Bensouda, Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
Goal: Open an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in progress in the Philippines.
The death toll of President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war has surpassed 6,000 people. Vigilantes and law enforcement have killed people in their homes, on the street, and in police stations. Authorities have afforded those killed no due process. Deaths in police custody, or at the hands of law enforcement have gone uninvestigated. Meanwhile, President Duterte has been a vocal supporter of extrajudicial killings, claiming in multiple instances to have personally murdered people during his tenure as mayor of Davao. He has even claimed to have murdered people by throwing them out of helicopters.
Despite international political pressure, outcry from several serving members of the Philippines Senate, and concerns raised by the U.N., the killings have not stopped. These alleged killings must be catalogued and, given the alleged complicity of elements of the Philippines’ law enforcement and military, any investigation must be both independent and transparent, such as an investigation conducted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). Sign our petition to ask the prosecutor of the ICC to open an investigation into the drug war in the Philippines.
Dear Prosecutor Bensouda,
I am sure you are aware of the ongoing drug war in the Philippines which has claimed an estimated 6,000 lives. There have been multiple allegations of extrajudicial killings by both police officers and vigilantes. Furthermore, President Duterte has openly stated that he himself participated in killings during his tenure as Mayor of Davao, stating that he killed some people by throwing them from helicopters.
President Duterte has shown a clear disregard for both international law and law in the Philippines. Authorities in the Philippines have neither investigated the killings nor the President’s claims that he committed murder. Given the continued pace of the killings, I believe that the situation in the Philippines warrants an investigation by the International Criminal Court. I urge you to open such an investigation.
[Your Name Here]
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