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Duterte drug war is PH’s ‘gravest human rights concern’

President Rodrigo Duterte’s “murderous war on drugs” remained the Philippines’ gravest human rights concern in 2019, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said. The global watchdog also implicated Philippine security forces for often deadly attacks on activists in its 652-page World Report 2020, which reviewed human rights practices in almost 100 countries. The International Criminal Court (ICC) has yet to conclude its preliminary probe of the government’s anti-illegal drug campaign, which began in February 2018. Meanwhile, the presidential palace said the ICC has no jurisdiction over the President, after a lawyer withdrew his case from the court against Pres. Duterte’s war on drugs.