Publications

JOURNEY TOWARDS JUSTICE: A Framework on Engaging Human Rights Victim-Survivors

This policy case study documents and examines the experiences of civil society organizations (CSOs) in engaging with human rights victims of the Duterte administration’s “war on drugs.” These experiences are varied, unique, and complex but at the same time connected by common threads. In the process of engaging with communities, CSOs were building solidarity, contributing to the achievement of human rights
victim-survivors’ holistic empowerment.

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Report on Investigated Killings in relation to the Anti-Illegal Drug Campaign

This report provides an analysis of drug-related killings investigated by the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) across all administrative regions of the country, with the greatest number of incidents happening in Region III, Region IV-A, and the National Capital Region. Since the election of President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016 – who primarily ran on an anti-criminality platform – the Commission had opened 3,790 investigations into drug-related killings from 2016 through 2021. Of these, 2,305 investigations had been concluded.

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

Since the launch of Investigate PH in January, the human rights crisis in the Philippines has intensified, with dozens of extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests, and other grave violations occurring in the past six months alone.

The upcoming Third Report delves into the impacts of social, economic, cultural as well as civil and political rights violations against workers, farmers, women, indigenous people, and children; and explores violations of the rights to livelihood, freedom of religion, education, development, and peace.

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

Since the launch of Investigate PH in January, the human rights crisis in the Philippines has intensified, with dozens of extra-judicial killings, illegal arrests, and other grave violations occurring in the past six months alone.

The Second Report builds on the first report and specifically focuses on three broad themes in the Philippines context: 1) the war on drugs, 2) the war on dissent, and 3) the war on the Moro people.

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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.

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