Philippines' 'War on drugs'

The Castan Centre for Human Rights Law, and Human Rights Watch present:carlos conde

Carlos Conde, Human Rights Watch Researcher, Asia Division

Date: 16 September 2016
12.30pm to 1.30pm
Venue: Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne
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Public lecture - All welcome

Filipinos overwhelmingly voted Rodrigo R. Duterte as president of the Philippines in May 2016 after he made a campaign promise to eliminate crime and illegal drugs in the first months of his administration. Even before he took office on June 30, 2016, the Philippine National Police launched Duterte’s “war on drugs” that saw hundreds of suspected criminals and alleged drug dealers gunned down in police operations. Running parallel with these operations are summary killings perpetrated by unidentified gunmen. By the end of July -- barely a month in office – more than 500 were killed by the police and these unknown perpetrators.

These killings have worsened the human rights situation in the Philippines, which has been grappling with impunity for years as a result of extrajudicial executions of activists, torture, and enforced disappearances. There has been almost zero accountability for these abuses.  Internal displacement, attacks on indigenous peoples, child labor, attacks on education, violations of freedom of expression, stigma and discrimination related to the HIV/AIDS crisis – these are some of the key issues confronting the Philippines today.

Join Human Rights Watch Philippines Researcher, Carlos Conde, as he discusses the worsening human rights situation in the Philippines, and why the Philippines government should publicly denounce unlawful killings and reiterate support for the rule of law.


Carlos Conde is the Philippines researcher for Human Rights Watch’s Asia division.  Before joining Human Rights Watch, Conde has worked as a journalist for 20 years, nearly half of that time as the freelance correspondent in Manila for the New York Times and the International Herald Tribune. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter and editor for various publications in the Philippines.

Conde has been a fellow at the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility, both based in Manila. He was also a Jefferson Fellow at the East-West Center of the University of Hawaii, where he tackled issues on peace, conflict, and terrorism in the Philippines.

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