Stop the Killings! Relatives and families of both political and drug-related killings avow

“Extrajudicial killings, whether done in the  name of the war against so-called enemies of the State or of the war on drugs, should stop. We reiterate our call to Pres. Rodrigo Duterte to truly undertake long-term and comprehensive socio-economic and political reforms that address the roots of social unrest, as well as the prevalence of the illegal drug trade, instead of employing militarist solutions," said Jigs Clamor, Karapatan deputy secretary general in an event held at the Vargas Museum, UP Diliman, on April 29, 2017.

 

Karapatan, along with victims’ organization Hustisya and the network of families and relatives of victims of drug-related killings, Rise Up for Life and for Rights, held a gathering on the exchange of testimonies and calls for justice of relatives and friends of victims of extrajudicial killings in the country.

“This is an important gathering as those foremost affected by repressive State policies to air their individual and collective grievances and stand together in condemnation in light of the spate of killings in the country,” said Clamor.

As of March 31, 2017, Karapatan has already recorded 47 victims of political killings while journalists and news outlets put the number of drug-related killings to around 8,000. Among the 47, majority are peasant leaders and activists while urban poor communities have primarily borne the brunt of the drug war.

The fundamental causes of poverty and socio-economic policies that can pave the way to address the roots causes of these violations are discussed in the ongoing talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDF), particularly in the discussions relating to the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER).

"There is an abundance of legislation and safeguards to protect and uphold human rights including the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL), yet violations persist. Victims of rights violations, along with support groups and progressive organizations, must continue to demand accountability from the State, seeking justice for all the lives lost throughout continuing repressive regimes,” ended Clamor.

 

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