Group seeks UK help vs EJKs

Philippine Daily Inquirer - - NEWS - By Melvin Gas­con @melvin­gas­conINQ

AManila-based hu­man rights group on Satur­day urged mem­bers of the Bri­tish par­lia­ment to act on the ris­ing num­ber of what the group said were ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings (EJKs) in the Philip­pines com­mit­ted in the name of Pres­i­dent Duterte’s cam­paign against il­le­gal drugs.

Speak­ing be­fore mem­bers of the Bri­tish par­lia­ment, Cristina Pal­abay, sec­re­tary-gen­eral of the hu­man rights group Kara­p­atan, said the United King­dom must ex­ert more pressure on the Philip­pine govern­ment to end the wave of killings re­lated to the war on drugs.

“The UK govern­ment must do more to pressure the Duterte govern­ment to end the huge wave of ex­tra­ju­di­cial killings in the Philip­pines unleashed in its so-called war on drugs,” Pal­abay said.

UK meet­ing

Pal­abay made the call be­fore Bri­tish leg­is­la­tors at a meet­ing of the All Party Par­lia­men­tary Group on Hu­man Rights and the Cam­paign for Hu­man Rights in the Philip­pines on Nov. 5.

The meet­ing heard the con­cerns of hu­man rights ac­tivists and aca­demics in the United King­dom, in­clud­ing the al­leged sale of Bri­tish sur­veil­lance tech­nol­ogy and arms to the Duterte ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Kara­p­atan said th­ese deals vi­o­lated rules on the ex­port of tech­nol­ogy to re­pres­sive regimes.

Deadly results

In her speech, Pal­abay said that in the Philip­pines, an es­ti­mated 14,000 to 20,000 deaths had re­sulted from the govern­ment’s war on drugs in the last two years.

Hu­man rights de­fend­ers had also re­ceived death threats and have be­come un­der con­stant po­lice sur­veil­lance, she said.


GRIPPED BYGRIEF Randy de­los San­tos, un­cle of Kian de­los San­tos, cries openly alone near his home in Caloocan City as neigh­bors of­fered can­dles and prayers dur­ing the first death an­niver­sary of Kian, a teenager killed al­legedly by po­lice in Au­gust 2017 af­ter he was sus­pected of sell­ing drugs.—

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