ICYMI : The International Criminal Court has formally requested judicial authorization to proceed with an investigation of the crimes against humanity case filed against President Rodrigo Duterte.
MANILA, Philippines — The International Criminal Court (ICC) has formally requested judicial authorization to proceed with an investigation of the crimes against humanity case filed against
“They paid police officers and vigilantes bounties for extrajudicial killings. State officials at the highest levels of government also spoke publicly and repeatedly in support of extrajudicial killings, and created a culture of impunity for those who committed them,” she added.
Bensouda said that the formal request came as she intended to resolve all cases placed under preliminary investigation under her term. Also, she said that investigations about the Philippines – if permitted – will be done by her successor, Karim Khan.
“As I stated in December 2019, at the annual session of the Assembly of States Parties, before I end my term as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or the “Court”), I intend to reach determinations on all situations that have been under preliminary examination during my tenure, as far as I am able to do so in accordance with my obligations under the Rome Statute,” she said in a separate statement posted on the ICC website. headtopics.com
“On the basis of that work, I have determined that there is a reasonable basis to believe that the crime against humanity of murder has been committed on the territory of the Philippines between 1 July 2016 and 16 March 2019 in the context of the Government of Philippines ‘war on drugs’ campaign,” she added.
Bensouda also clarified in her statement that her office does not take a position on the administration’s policies in terms of its anti-drug program, stressing that she was only acting based on her mandate under the Rome Statute.However, she also emphasized that available information indicated that the Philippine National Police — one of the law enforcement agencies implementing Duterte’s war against illegal drugs — has “unlawfully killed” thousands of civilians.
“Following a thorough preliminary examination process, the available information indicates that members of the Philippine National Police, and others acting in concert with them, have unlawfully killed between several thousand and tens of thousands of civilians during that time,” Bensouda said.
ADVERTISEMENT“My Office has also reviewed information related to allegations of torture and other inhumane acts, and related events as early as 1 November 2011, the beginning of the Court’s jurisdiction in the Philippines, all of which we believe require investigation,” she added. headtopics.com
Last December 2019, the ICC vowed to continue assessing the complaints against Duterte even though the Philippines had withdrawn from the Rome Statute, which instituted the ICC. The ICC said that it still had jurisdiction over the case as it had been filed before the withdrawal — the communications was filed in August 2018 while the country withdrew on March 2019.
In the recent statement, Bensouda repeated that the ICC still has jurisdiction over the country as the alleged crime occurred within the period that it was a state party to the Rome Statute — like in the similar case involving the Republic of Burundi.
The complaint against Duterte was drawn up by the Rise Up for Life and Rights, which is composed of drug war victims’ relatives and other rights advocates. According to the group, Duterte has violated Article 7 of the Rome Statute for “widespread and systematic attacks in the form of murder of thousands of civilians.”
Then in December 2020, ICC the said that it had a reasonable basis to believe that crimes against humanity were committed in the drug war. Read more: Inquirer »
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