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ICC backs crime against humanity probe into Philippines' 'war on drugs'google-play-badge_EN

ICC backs crime against humanity probe into Philippines' 'war on drugs'google-play-badge_EN
Judges at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday gave the green light for a full investigation into crimes against humanity during the Philippines' so-called "war on drugs".

'Court retains jurisdiction' But the judges said that even though the Philippines had withdrawn as a state party to the court, the alleged crimes took place while Manila was still a signature to the court's Rome Statute, so it could still probe them."The court retains jurisdiction with respect to alleged crimes that occurred on the territory of the Philippines while it was a state party," the judges said.The judges "found there is a reasonable basis to proceed with an investigation, noting the specific element of the crime against humanity of murder," the court said in a statement.The court said it appeared that "the so-called 'war on drugs' campaign cannot be seen as a legitimate law enforcement operation, and the killings neither as legitimate nor as mere excesses in an otherwise legitimate operation".

Issued on: 15/09/2021 - 19:22 Modified: 15/09/2021 - 19:27 Judges at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday gave the green light for a full investigation into crimes against humanity during the Philippines' so-called "war on drugs"."The available material indicates, to the required standard, that a widespread and systematic attack against the civilian population took place pursuant to or in furtherance of a state policy," it added The probe will cover the period from 2011 to 2019.

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