MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines is breaking free from a global treaty that empowers an international court to investigate and hold tyrants and oppressive leaders accountable for their misdeeds – if President Duterte will have his way.
Claiming he was being unfairly accused of massive violation of human rights in waging his war on illegal drugs, the President announced yesterday that the country is withdrawing its ratification of the Rome Statute, which created the International Criminal Court (ICC).
Duterte’s decision came weeks after ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda began a “preliminary examination” of the country’s human rights situation in the context of his bloody war on drugs.
It also came on the heels of UN High Commissioner on Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein’s remarks that Duterte should undergo psychiatric evaluation. The President has also been badmouthing UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings Agnes Callamard for “prejudging” him.