Duterte signs anti-terrorism bill in the Philippines despite widespread criticism


Human Rights Watch expressed particular concern over the provisions authorizing arrests without a warrant and allowing people to be held in solitary confinement for weeks, which, Mr. Robertson said, could facilitate torture.

Earlier this week, Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, released a report attributing thousands of “systematic” killings “with impunity” to Mr. Duterte’s drug war .

“The campaign against illicit drugs is waged without due regard to the rule of law, due process and the human rights of those who may use or sell drugs,” she said.

Ms. Bachelet spoke of “the reluctance of the state to account to the perpetrators of extrajudicial killings” and urged Mr. Duterte not to sign the anti-terrorism bill, which she claims blurs the distinctions between it who is a critic of the government and what terrorism is.


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