As part of its crackdown on the drug trade, the International Criminal Court has stopped investigations into the Philippine authorities for alleged human rights violations, saying it is reviewing Manila’s request for an extension.
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Karim Khan, said that the investigation was suspended after the Philippine government filed a request to postpone the case earlier this month. according to Court documents cited by Reuters on Friday.
“The prosecutor temporarily suspended investigation activities while assessing the scope and impact of the extension request,” He wrote, adding that the court is seeking more information from the Manila government.
The International Criminal Court, headquartered in The Hague, allows countries to request an extension when they conduct their own investigations into related allegations. The government of President Rodrigo Duterte submitted an extension request on November 10, and the country’s Ministry of Justice announced at the end of last month an investigation into alleged abuse of power.
The court initially initiated an investigation in September, accusing the Philippine police of thousands of extrajudicial executions of suspected drug dealers and other brutal methods, and Duterte secretly supported these actions. Activists accused the authorities of killing innocent people, including children, but the police insisted that they used violence only for self-defense.
Although Duterte refused to cooperate with the investigation of the International Criminal Court, saying that he has no power over the island country and even withdrew the Philippines from international institutions in 2019, the court has the power to investigate the country’s alleged violations in the country. member.
The President’s Chief Legal Counsel, Salvador Panelo (Salvador Panelo) confirmed the extension request in a brief comment to Reuters, saying “There is no contradiction with the request to suspend operations,” Although he did not elaborate.
Since its establishment about 20 years ago, the International Criminal Court has only successfully convicted five people as war crimes or crimes against humanity — all of them are leaders of African armed movements, including Mali, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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