ICC FINDS ‘REASONABLE BASIS’ FOR ALLEGED CRIME VS HUMANITY IN PRRD DRUG WAR
The International Criminal Court (ICC) has found “reasonable basis” to believe that President Rodrigo Duterte’s 4-year-old anti-narcotics drive spawned crimes against humanity.
According to the “Report on Preliminary Examination Activities 2020”, Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s office opened in February 2018 a preliminary probe into the slay of thousands of suspected drug users and peddlers, including those killed for allegedly resisting arrest or allegedly gunned down by law enforcers disguised as vigilantes.
“The Office is satisfied that information available provides a reasonable basis to believe that the crimes against humanity of murder (article 7(1)(a)), torture (article 7(1)(f)) and the infliction of serious physical injury and mental harm as other inhumane Acts (article 7(1)(k)) were committed on the territory of the Philippines 48 between at least 1 July 2016 and 16 March 2019, in connection to the WoD campaign launched throughout the country,” Bensouda said in a report released on Tuesday.
The report noted that many of the persons targeted “had been included on drug watch lists compiled by national and/or local authorities, and some of those targeted also included persons who had previously ‘surrendered’ to the police in connection with Oplan Tokhang.”