U.N. launches investigation into Philippines drug war deaths
Stephanie Nebehay, Marina Depetris
GENEVA (Reuters) – The U.N. Human Rights Council voted on Thursday to set up an investigation into thousands of killings in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s so-called ‘war on drugs’ – a step that activists said was long overdue.
Duterte’s government says that around 6,600 people have been killed by police in shootouts with suspected drug dealers since Duterte was elected in 2016, on a platform of crushing crime. Activists say the death toll is at least 27,000.
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