International tribunal convicts Duterte of HR violations
The International People’s Tribunal (IPT) has convicted maverick Philippine leader Rodrigo Duterte for countless human rights violations that stemmed from his bloody government policy against illegal drugs.
“We heard the summary of testimonies of witnesses– many of them heart-wrenching, traumatic and horrific- experts and resource persons as well as the digest of wealth of data, information, facts and other evidence,” the decision read in part.
The ruling will be transmitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the European Parliament, and the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, for consideration.
The IPT2018 is a global court convened by the European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and World Human Rights, Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, International Association of Democratic Lawyers, IBON International, and the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines.
The IPT2018 was convened to hear cases against Mr. Duterte for violations of civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, the right to self-determination and development, and international humanitarian law.
A total of 31 witnesses, both on video and personal appearance, were heard during the hearings.
One of the witnesses was Australian nun Patricia Fox, who was ordered deported from the Philippines for alleged violations of her stay.