Extrajudicial killings in Philippines ‘should be halted’

Manila has faced an outcry over police killings The ICC prosecutor has suspended an investigation into extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers in the Philippines after the government withdrew the troops involved. The ICC…

Extrajudicial killings in Philippines 'should be halted'

Manila has faced an outcry over police killings

The ICC prosecutor has suspended an investigation into extrajudicial killings of suspected drug dealers in the Philippines after the government withdrew the troops involved.

The ICC said officials who “cannot be disarmed or brought to justice for their crimes” should not be pursued.

In November 2016, it began a preliminary examination into alleged extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

The investigation was first proposed by Philippine authorities.

The provisional investigation was set to continue until at least July, although the prosecutor later revealed that it would last longer and focus on those arrested for the killings.

The Philippine government subsequently withdrew the troops involved in the campaign, which came under fire by human rights groups and the ICC.

Manila had agreed to respect ICC rules to request a probe – a “troika” signed by the Philippines, Germany and the Netherlands on 10 November 2016.

It was understood to be the first time that the ICC had investigated extrajudicial killings on foreign soil.

The Hague-based ICC opened preliminary examinations into alleged crimes against humanity or war crimes in Sri Lanka and North Korea in 2015.

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