Open Letter on the Extrajudicial Killing of People Who Use Drugs in the Philippines

“Since the election of President Rodrigo Duterte, more than 3000 people in the Philippines have been executed without due process for allegedly selling or using drugs. President Duterte has publicly and repeatedly incited law enforcement and the general public to commit these murders and other acts of vigilante violence. Duterte’s political rhetoric is becoming increasingly alarming, and he has openly stated his support for further mass murder, explicitly invoking Hitler’s genocide against Jewish people in stating ‘There are 3 million drug addicts, I’d be happy to slaughter them.’

“We offer the deepest condemnation of the atrocities being committed against people accused of using or selling illicit drugs under President Duterte’s regime. We urge the Canadian government to press the Government of the Philippines to stop these extrajudicial murders, and institute a drug policy that respects the human rights and dignity of people who use illicit drugs.”