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Regencia, Ted

Publisher:  Europe Solidaire Sans Frontieres
Date Written:  02/12/2017
Year Published:  2017  
Resource Type:  Article

Murders of several teenagers in the Philippines suspected to have been killed as part of the government's war on drugs.



According to a Global Post report, as many as 14,000 people may have been killed as part of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war since he took office in 2016.

The Duterte administration has disputed these numbers, claiming that 3,451 "drug personalities" were killed during police operations from June 30, 2016, to July 26, 2017.

It describes more than 2,000 other cases as drug-related homicides by unknown assailants, while at least 8,200 other killings remain "under investigation".

Of that number, dozens are believed to be teenagers or children.

Human rights organisations, activists and opposition politicians say Duterte has given the police a free pass to sidestep the law and carry out killings without fear of prosecution - allegations his administration and the country's police force have repeatedly denied.

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