Initial Report of the Independent International Commission of Investigation Into Human Rights Violations in the Philippines

“In President Rodrigo Duterte’s fifth year, the human rights crisis in the Philippines has continued to intensify. Attacks against human rights workers, activists, and dissenters have grown more brazen. Killings of journalists are at an alarming high: in 2020, the Philippines ranked third in the world for the most retaliatory murders of journalists. The Duterte administration has used the COVID-19 pandemic as a pretext to increase militarized repression. Extrajudicial killings of alleged drug offenders spiked with the COVID-19 lockdown and persist, amid Duterte’s continued calls for this “War on Drugs” and incitements to violence.