The International Criminal Court has suspended its investigation into Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, saying that the body cannot act because domestic laws on the matter have not been reformed. This followed a yearlong investigation into Duterte’s war on drugs in which the ICC issued an order to all parties to immediately end the killings and to stop crimes against humanity.
In response, Duterte announced in August that he would not respond to the ICC’s requests to stop the executions. (In doing so, he became the first head of state to do so.) Human rights activists condemned the suspension as a crushing blow, saying it was indicative of the impunity Philippines authorities enjoy in the country.
“You cannot have a justice system like this which the Duterte regime has wrecked,” said Richard Javad Heydarian, an opposition senator who works with the All Filipino Student Coalition (AFSC).
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