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[Live Discussion]: Exacting Accountabilities: ICC prosecutor’s Request to Investigate the Philippines, A Step Closer to Justice

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Date: 17 June 2021

Time: 3:00 – 5:00 PM Bangkok time (GMT +7) // 4:00 – 6:00 PM Manila time (GMT +8)

Platform: Youtube Live, Facebook Live and Twitter Live available on iDefend’s Official Page

Registration: (English interpretation will be available on Zoom)


On 14 June 2021, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda requested an investigation into the Philippine government’s ‘war on drugs’. In her statement, she said there was ‘reasonable basis to believe that the crime against humanity of murder’ had been committed within the context of the country’s ‘war on drugs’ and that available information has indicated that members of the police force have ‘unlawfully killed between several thousand and tens of thousands of civilians.’

In this panel, representatives from the Commission on Human Rights and civil society who have continuously advocated for the respect of human rights under Duterte’s regime will discuss the implications of this decision, and their expectations for accountability in the Philippines.


  • Hon. Commissioner Karen Gomez-Dumpit – Commission on Human Rights
  • Atty. Arpee Santiago – Co-Chairperson, Philippine Coalition for the ICC and Executive Director, Ateneo Human Rights Center (AHRC)
  • Atty. Gilbert Andres – Deputy Executive Director, Center for International Law (Centerlaw)
  • Atty. Pamela Camacho – Legal Assistance and Welfare Program, Children’s Legal Rights and Development Center (CLRDC)
  • Ms. MA. Inez Feria – Executive Director, Nobox Transitions, Inc.
Moderated by Mr. Ellecer Carlos – Secretary General, Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
This is an event organised by Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) and In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement, in partnership with FORUM-ASIA.


About the organisers:

  • The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) is a Bangkok-based regional network of 81 member organisations across 21 Asian countries, with consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and consultative relationship with the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights. Founded in 1991, FORUM-ASIA works to strengthen movements for human rights and sustainable development through research, advocacy, capacity-development and solidarity actions in Asia and beyond. It has sub-regional offices in Geneva, Jakarta, and Kathmandu.
  • The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) serves as an advocacy centre and has been committed to work for the respect and promotion, protection and fulfilment of human rights. PAHRA is committed to work for the recognition and realisation of all human rights embodied in international instruments, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Social, Economic and Cultural Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Declaration on the Right to Development, and the Universal Declaration on the Rights of the Peoples. PAHRA supports the implementation by the International Committee of the Red Cross of International Humanitarian Law embodied in Geneva Conventions and their additional Protocols.
  • In Defense of Human Rights and Dignity Movement (iDefend) is a grassroots movement that defends the rights and upholds the dignity of all Filipinos. It will engage with the government, educate and organize the public and transform collective voices into public action. iDEFEND shall work towards the realization of a rights-based governance that is anchored on respect for due process and rule of law.