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HRC45 Side Event: ‘War on Drugs’ in the Philippines – Eyewitnesses, Nightcrawlers… Accountability?

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The Nightcrawlers is an unflinching exposé of Philippines President Duterte’s war on drugs, in which some claim over 20,000 people have been killed.

Join ‘War on Drugs’ in the Philippines: Eyewitnesses, 𝐍𝐢𝐠𝐡𝐭crawlers… Accountability?, a live online debate on the documentary, extrajudicial killings in the Philippines and the ‘war on drugs’.

Date: 23 September 2020

Time: 13:30 CEST (GMT+2)

Platform: Livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook


  • Raffy Lerma, Prominent Filipino ‘Nightcrawler’
  • Maria Cattaui, Global Commission on Drug Policy
  • Nanette Castillo, A Victim’s Mother
  • Karen Gomez Dumpit, Human Rights Commissioner, the Philippines

Moderated by Joy Icayan, FORUM-ASIA

The Nightcrawlers will be streamed for free on YouTube until 30 September.

In the documentary, RL, a former staff photographer for a prominent newspaper, leads the Manila Nightcrawlers, a small group of determined photojournalists on a mission to expose the true cost of the violent campaign. Through covering both sides of the conflict, The Nightcrawlers reveals a harrowing twist behind Duterte’s deadly crusade.