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International court approves investigation into Philippines' "war on drugs"

The International Criminal Court (ICC) will open a full investigation into the Philippines' "war on drugs" campaign, which has left thousands dead under President Rodrigo Duterte, the tribunal said on Wednesday.

Reuters WORLD
Published September 15,2021

Judges at the International Criminal Court on Wednesday approved a request by prosecutors to open a formal investigation into possible crimes against humanity allegedly committed by the Philippines government in the context of its "war on drugs".

In a statement, the court said that the judges' assessment of material they had seen was that "the so-called 'war on drugs' campaign cannot be seen as a legitimate law enforcement operation", but instead amounted to a systematic attack on civilians.