Philippines: They withdraw from the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court

rontrigko ntoyterte RONTRIGO DUTERTE, PHILIPPINES

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte today announced his country's withdrawal from the founding treaty of the International Criminal Court (ICC), which is considering a deadly policy to crack down on drug trafficking.

"I declare (…) that the Philippines withdraws the ratification of the Rome Statute (and this decision) enters into force immediately," the president said in a statement.

The Hague-based tribunal announced in early February the launch of a "preliminary investigation", which is the prelude to an investigation into Duterte's drug campaign.

This policy is causing concern in the international community.

Duterte, who was elected president in 2016, has pledged to crack down on drug trafficking by launching a campaign to crack down on drug trafficking with tens of thousands of victims.

Since his election, some 4.000 people suspected of smuggling or using drugs have been killed by police, according to official statistics.

Human rights activists believe that the actual death toll should be three times higher.

 

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