Human rights group Karapatan directly pointed at Pres. Rodrigo Duterte as responsible for the deaths in the government anti-drug war.
“Duterte cannot feign ignorance nor concern in the series of events that led to the killing of 17-year-old Kian delos Santos, and other victims of his drug war,” Karapatan Sec. General Cristina Palabay fumed adding, “(the President) should account for his own responsibility.”
Karapatan said, “it is easy to stack up all his pronouncements and orders which emboldened the police.”
The 17 year-old, after autopsy reports, showed that he was lying on the ground and defenseless when he was shot by policemen.
“The backlash is unprecedented, something that the Duterte regime and his State security forces, did not expect. This has led to petty and ridiculous counter-arguments from Duterte’s officials, and even pressured the president to hold a press conference and commit to punishing those responsible,” Palabay said.
Karapatan added that delos Santos is just one among the more than 12,000 killed in the government’s drug war. “Clearly, more than three policemen need to be held into account,” Palabay said, adding, “this renders human rights offices in the military and the police useless. It won’t matter how many human rights orientation you give these rights violators, it is in the framework of their institution.”
Karapatan called for international organizations and other States to halt sending funds channelled to State security forces, including those meant for so-called security sector reform such as providing human rights orientation and training to these “instruments of fascism who have no respect or any intent to uphold human rights.”
Palabay said, “the military and the police do not need human rights trainings which goes out the right ear after they hear it in the left; these institutions need an entire overhaul.” ACE ALEGRE / ABN
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