US Department of State (DOS) Report Reveals Duterte Administration Human Rights Violations

According to a report from the US Department of State (DOS), unlawful deaths tied to the Duterte administration’s anti-drug campaign are still ongoing in the Philippines.

Activists, judicial officials, local government leaders, and journalists have all been killed by government sympathizers, anti-government militants, and unknown assailants in the past year, according to the DOS.

Significant human rights violations in the Philippines were noted in the US State Department’s 2021 Country Report on Human Rights Practices, including unlawful or arbitrary killings, reports of forced disappearances, and torture by and on behalf of the government and non-state actors, among others.

The DOS report revealed that while the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ Center for Law of Armed Conflict did not report any cases of forced disappearance linked to the military from January to July 2021, the Center for Human Rights (CHR) reported eight victims of abduction and forced disappearance from January to August.

The “Bloody Sunday” raids in the provinces of Laguna, Rizal, and Batangas, where nine human rights activists were slain and six captured in police operations, were also in the report.

“Human rights groups continued to express concern about the contribution of corruption to abuses committed by the PNP and other security forces and noted little progress in implementing and enforcing reforms aimed at improving investigations and prosecutions of suspected human rights violations.” read a statement from the DOS report.


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