“We condemn impunity” / Philippines coalition for the ICC appalled by Duterte plan to withdraw from ICC

Statement of the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court on the declared withdrawal from the ICCWe are appalled with the declaration of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for the Philippines to withdraw being a state-party to the Rome Statute on the International Criminal Court.

It took quite a number of years again for the Philippine government to ratify the Rome Statute after being signed in 2000. Yet with the tireless efforts of human rights advocates and with the strong support of champions within the Senate led by the late Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, the Executive Branch of government finally submitted the Rome Statue to the Senate for the eventual concurrence of ratification.

Again, the Filipino people shouted and stood for justice.

The current move of President Duterte to withdraw from the ICC goes against the aspirations of the Filipino people for justice and accountability. It goes against addressing impunity for the most atrocious crimes. The Filipino people’s hopes and dreams for holding human rights violators accountable should not be doused by a single man’s fear of accountability.

We condemn to the strongest terms possible the continued attack on democratic and human rights institutions that promote and bring about justice. We condemn impunity.

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