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U.N. experts seek inquiry into ‘unlawful’ killings in Philippines

FILE PHOTO: Activists wear hoods depicting families of victims killed in President Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war as Duterte delivers his State of the Nation address in Quezon city, Metro Manila, in Philippines July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Erik De Castro/File Photo

GENEVA (Reuters) – United Nations human rights experts called on Friday for an international investigation into a “staggering number of unlawful deaths and police killings in the context of the so-called war on drugs” in the Philippines.

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has publicly intimidated activists and Supreme Court judges, degraded women and “incited violence against alleged drug pushers and others”, 11 independent experts said in a joint statement calling on the U.N. Human Rights Council to launch an independent inquiry.

Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Catherine Evans

via Reuters