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2017/09/28 | Michael Beltran

5 Signs the Philippines is Drifting Toward Dictatorship

Filipinos are accustomed to chaotic periods in politics, but the killings of several young boys by police brought tens of thousands of protesters onto the streets. As tension between Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte and the public escalates, the threat of martial law and a repeat of the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos is all too real.

2017/08/30 | Phelim Kine

Is Duterte's War on Drugs Migrating to Indonesia?

Indonesia is already wrestling with the toxic legacy of impunity for the mass killings of least 500,000 people in 1965–66, when the government gave free rein to soldiers and local militias to kill anyone they considered a “communist.” Unless Jokowi speaks out forcefully against a Duterte drug war model of crime control, he risks being responsible for a mass killing campaign that could demolish Indonesia’s fragile and hard fought-for rights and freedoms.

2017/05/08 | ZiQing Low

Philippines Claims 'Wrongful Portrayal' of Drug-Related Killings at UN Review

United Nations Human Rights Council members have raised concerns over alleged torture, extrajudicial killings and human rights abuses in the Philippines despite its delegation's claims that there are “no state-sponsored killings.”