Let UN Rapporteur Investigate EJKs in the Philippines
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President Rodrigo Roa Duterte has blocked any attempt by Agnes Callamard, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), from investigating possible human rights violations in the Philippines. President Duterte cites as basis the protection of Philippine sovereignty.
However, the first principle declared in our 1987 Constitution is that "[s]overeignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them." (Art. II, Sec. 1) The people are dying.
The Philippine National Police has reported 6,225 drug-related deaths between July 2016 and September 2017. 3,850 have "died in police operations" while another 2,290 "deaths under investigation" have been determined to be "drug-related."
Human rights organizations estimate the true number of deaths to be closer to 12,000.
We, the sovereign people of the Philippines, will not keep silent as our fellow Filipinos are murdered in cold blood.
We remind the President that his authority emanates from our sovereign will, and we demand that the government allow the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions to conduct and independent investigation into the continuing massacre of our countrymen.
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