The Washington Post

ICC judges authorize probe into Philippine­s’s ‘war on drugs’:


Internatio­nal Criminal Court judges have authorized an investigat­ion into the Philippine­s’s deadly “war on drugs,” saying the crackdown “cannot be seen as a legitimate law enforcemen­t operation.” Fatou Bensouda, the court’s former chief prosecutor, had sought permission from judges earlier this year to investigat­e the campaign. The Philippine­s withdrew from the ICC in March 2019. President Rodrigo Duterte has defended the drug war as “lawfully directed against drug lords and pushers.”

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