The new president of the Philipines has remained true to his campaign vows by catalyzing the death of 400 dealers and counting in a crackdown against drugs.
These state-sanctioned murders can be paralleled to martial law, with basic human rights being entirely dismissed. The actions of police and vigilante groups violate Article 10. which grants the right to a fair public trial, Article 11, which grants the right to be seen as innocent until proven guilty, and Article 30, the right to freedom from state interference in the above rights.
In a televised speech, Duterte was quoted as saying: “Please feel free to call us, the police, or do it yourself if you have the gun — you have my support.... You can kill him. Shoot him and I’ll give you a medal".
Despite over 500,000 dealers and addicts turning themselves in, one of the directors of Human Rights Watch in Asia noted that, "“These are not the wealthy and powerful drug lords who actually have meaningful control over supply of drugs on the streets in the Philippines.”