Duterte has explicitly approved violence that has led to thousands of extrajudicial executions, in the name of an anti-drug campaign. The number of deaths now exceeds those under the murderous rule of Ferdinand Marcos.
The re-introduction of the death penalty would not only represent a major setback for the promotion and protection of human rights in the country but also violate the Philippines’ obligations under international law.
With President Duterte enjoying huge popularity as he begins his six-year term, comments in response to media articles show strong support for his policies. There are however, some high-level opponents to the extrajudicial killings.
Amnesty International documents the use of torture in Mexico’s “war on drugs”. Its impact on women has been largely ignored. This report analyses the stories of 100 women who have reported torture during arrest and interrogation by police and armed forces.