Press Release
March 14, 2018

Reference: Cristina Palabay, Secretary General, +63917-3162831
Karapatan Public Information Desk, +63918-9790580

Karapatan on Duterte’s decision to withdraw PH ratification of Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

President Rodrigo Duterte today released a statement declaring that the Philippines is withdrawing its ratification of the Rome Statute of the ICC, an international agreement that puts in place a mechanism tasked to address genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and crimes of aggression — serious crimes of international concern. Citing technicalities and alleged conspiracies, this government’s decision ultimately stems from a rabid refusal to be subjected to any and all forms of investigation or scrutiny. He and his cohorts are not being denied due process, as his government did with so many urban poor dwellers, farmers, and indigenous peoples killed under this regime’s campaigns; yet he speaks as if he is the one who was victimized. Today, the country has been made aware that the tyrant is a mere coward who plays tough with words but flinches when confronted with concrete platforms for accountability. This is a classic Duterte move to cheat his way out of culpability and responsibility for all the rights violations systematically committed by him and his State forces.


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