Human rights in the Philippines: The continuing detention of Senator Leila de Lima
By DRCNet Foundation & Associazone Luca Coscioni
Side event at the 51st Session of the UN Human Rights Council, Geneva
When? Tuesday 4 October 2022 / 3-4pm CET / 9-10pm PHT / 9-10am ET
Last 24 February, Senator Leila de Lima marked five years of incarceration in the Philippines. Under the administration of recently-elected President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., de Lima remains jailed, despite not being convicted of a crime, and despite the recantations of three key accusers, who say they provided testimony because of pressure.
In the meanwhile, the extrajudicial killing campaign begun by former President Rodrigo Duterte continues. The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court, after pausing its investigation because of a Duterte administration treaty motion for reconsideration, has sought the court's authorization to resume it. But the Marcos administration has rejected the ICC investigation and said it will not cooperate.
In "The Continuing Detention of Senator Leila de Lima," speakers will review her case, and the larger human rights situation in the Philippines.
- Senator Risa Hontiveros, Republic of the Philippines (prerecorded video)
- Others to be announces.
- Marco Perduca, Associazone Luca Coscioni and former Senator, Italy
- David Borden, Executive Director, DRCNet Foundation AKA StoptheDrugWar.org