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CHR Clarifies No Ties in ICC Impending Probe Against War on Drugs of Duterte

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has clarified that they have no ties or role in the probe of the International Criminal Court (ICC) against the drug war of President Rodrigo Duterte.

During budget debates in the House of Representatives, the CHR stated that it had no role in the ICC’s investigation into suspected human rights violations that occurred during the country’s drug war operation. The commission’s mandate, according to CHR head Jose Luis Gascon, is based on the 1987 Constitution rather than the Rome Statute.

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This means that the CHR is unaffiliated with the International Criminal Court and its investigations into international crimes. As a result, according to Gascon, it is completely within the administration and authority of the International Criminal Court.

“That is a matter entirely within the control and operations of the International Criminal Court as such. There is no direct or immediate relationship of the [CHR’s] work with the operations that will be undertaken by the Office of the Prosecutor as it conducts its investigation,” Gascon said.

 “Nonetheless, should we receive a formal communication and a formal request from the ICC, we will take whatever they present to us in that formal request under consideration at the appropriate time. Right now, it is speculative, ”he added.

On Wednesday, the International Criminal Court’s (ICC) pre-trial chamber approved the opening of an investigation into the Philippine anti-drug campaign. Given that the “particular legal element of the crime against humanity of murder” had allegedly been met in the anti-narcotics campaign, it said there was a “reasonable basis” to proceed with a probe.

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