Thousands of human rights activists and advocates across the Philippines slammed President Rodrigo Duterte’s “worsening human rights record” on Saturday, December 10, during the commemoration of the International Human Rights Day.
“As the whole world commemorates International Human Rights Day, the Filipino youth is in rage because of the dire situation of human rights in the Philippines. From bad, the violations in our human rights, has gone to worse under the Duterte regime,” the League of Filipino Students (LFS) said in a statement.
For the first time since Duterte assumed power, militant groups also burned a monstrous effigy said to embody the “authoritarian tendencies” of the new leader in a protest in Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila, which was attended by around 10,000 protesters.
From July 1 to December 3, there have been over 5,800 deaths linked to Duterte’s “war on drugs” – both from legitimate police operations and vigilante-style or unexplained killings (including deaths under investigation).
“Duterte’s remorseless extra-judicial killings in his crusade against drugs is unacceptable… Duterte has been using this campaign to sow fear among the people,” LFS national spokesperson JP Rosos said.