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'Do not be fooled:' Groups say panel probing drug war deaths 'damage control'

Jul 01, 2020 - 1:31 PM

(UPDATED) International group Human Rights Watch calls the panel 'nothing more than a ruse to shield the country from international scrutiny'

MEDIA OFF. Police seal off a crime scene following a TokHang operation in Manila on November 7, 2016, that led to the death of the suspect. Rappler file photo

To avoid ICC, Duterte admin forms panel to probe deaths in police operations

Jun 30, 2020 - 6:45 PM

(UPDATED) Justice Secretary Guevarra however tells the UN Human Rights Council the panel will engage the Commission on Human Rights as an independent monitoring body

UN COUNCIL. Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra delivers a message at the 44th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council on June 30, 2020. Screenshot from UN HRC

4 years on, climate of fear and impunity blocks justice for Duterte’s drug war victims

Jun 27, 2020 - 10:45 AM

Police still refuse to cooperate with the Commission on Human Rights while some families signify that they will probably file cases after the Duterte administration

Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Darfur suspect rejects 'untrue' war crimes charges

Jun 15, 2020 - 9:43 PM

A Sudanese militia leader is charged with more than 50 war crimes including murder, rape, and destroying villages in the 2003 conflict which recorded 300,000 deaths

Ramping up fight, Trump authorizes sanctions over ICC war crimes probe

Jun 11, 2020 - 11:36 PM

(UPDATED) In an executive order, Trump says the United States would block all US property and assets of anyone in the Hague-based tribunal involved in probing or prosecuting US troops

TRUMP. US President Donald Trump arrives to speak at a rally at Bojangles' Coliseum on March 2, 2020, in Charlotte, North Carolina. File photo by Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Afghan war crimes probe must go ahead, ICC judges say

Mar 05, 2020 - 7:24 PM

The move is immediately hailed by human rights organizations as a 'pivotal moment' for victims of the central Asian country's 18-year-war since the 2001 US invasion

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. A picture taken on November 23, 2015, shows the new building of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

Sudan to hand Bashir to ICC for Darfur crimes – top official

Feb 12, 2020 - 9:24 AM

The ICC has charged Bashir and 3 of his former aides with genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes

CHARGED. Sudan's ousted president Omar al-Bashir is escorted into a vehicle as he returns to prison following his appearance before prosecutors over charges of corruption and illegal possession of foreign currency, in the capital Khartoum on June 16, 2019. Photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Ivory Coast ex-president wants 'unconditional release' – lawyer

Feb 07, 2020 - 10:25 AM

Gbagbo and his deputy Charles Ble Goude were both cleared of crimes against humanity a year ago

ICC DECISION. Former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo enters the courtroom of the International Criminal Court in The Hague on January 15, 2019. Photo by Peter Dejong/ANP/AFP

Int'l Criminal Court: Probe of drug war continues even with Sabio 'withdrawal'

Jan 14, 2020 - 11:26 PM

(UPDATED) The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) says a withdrawal of communication is not even allowed under the Rome Statute

Sabio 'drops' ICC communication vs Duterte, but does it matter?

Jan 14, 2020 - 3:10 PM

(UPDATED) Experts say it will not affect the ongoing preliminary examination of the Philippine case

WITHDRAW? Lawyer Jude Sabio, with fellow lawyer Larry Gadon, execute on January 14, 2019, an affidavit expressing his intent to withdraw the communication he filed against President Rodrigo Duterte before the ICC. Photo courtesy of Larry Gadon

'Hang me': Duterte vows to never answer Int'l Criminal Court

Dec 21, 2019 - 12:28 PM

As the possibility of trial at the International Criminal Court draws nearer, President Duterte insists only Filipinos can judge him for crimes linked to the drug war

UNCOOPERATIVE. President Rodrigo Duterte once again vows never to cooperate with foreign probes into his war on drugs. Malacañang photo

ICC prosecutor announces probe into 'war crimes' in Palestinian territories

Dec 20, 2019 - 11:40 PM

'War crimes have been or are being committed in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip,' says Prosecutor Fatou Besouda

Panelo downplays critics' 'fervent wish' of Duterte 'arrest' in ICC case

Dec 08, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Meanwhile, detained Senator Leila de Lima welcomes the International Criminal Court's report on the status of the complaint against Duterte over his administration's war on drugs

ICC CASE VS DUTERTE. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo maintains that the International Criminal Court has no jurisdiction over the complaint filed vs President Rodrigo Duterte. Malacañang file photo

Malacañang: Morales, Del Rosario tapped 'ineffective process' for propaganda value

Dec 07, 2019 - 7:44 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says the ICC Prosecutor's conclusion that it has no jurisdiction over alleged crimes committed in the West Philippine Sea by China is in line with the Duterte government's stand

Former Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert del Rosario arrives in NAIA Terminal 3, Pasay City after he was denied to enter Hongkong on June 21, 2019. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/RAPPLER

Del Rosario, Morales still pursuing ICC complaint vs China

Dec 06, 2019 - 8:27 AM

Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales vow to submit new 'facts and evidence' for their case accusing China of crimes against humanity in the South China Sea

NOT OVER. Former Philippine foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales vow to pursue their complaint vs China at the International Criminal Court. Photo by Angie de Silva

Int'l Criminal Court's next step in Duterte drug war to come in 2020

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:35 PM

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is coming closer to determining whether she will seek authority to open an investigation, a phase where the Court can issue arrest orders

Int'l Criminal Court junks PH case vs China for lack of jurisdiction

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:13 PM

ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says China's alleged crimes against humanity in the West Philippine Sea 'do not fall within the territorial or otherwise personal jurisdiction of the Court'

PHILIPPINE SUIT. Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and former foreign secretary Albert Del Rosario file the Philippine suit against China before the International Criminal Court. Photo by Jae Maryanol/Rappler

[OPINION] The lawless Duterte presidency

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:00 AM

The Philippines has been transformed into a wilderness soaked in blood

ICC authorizes probe into alleged Myanmar Rohingya abuse

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:46 PM

The probe will look at allegations of 'systematic acts of violence,' deportation as a crime against humanity, and persecution on the grounds of ethnicity or religion against the Rohingyas

ROHINGYA. In this file photo, Rohingya refugees attend a ceremony organized to remember the 2nd anniversary of a military crackdown that prompted a massive exodus of people from Myanmar to Bangladesh, at the Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia on August 25, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Congolese 'Terminator' warlord gets harshest ever ICC sentence

Nov 07, 2019 - 8:40 PM

While the judges gave Bosco Ntaganda the maximum sentence allowed by the ICC in terms of the number of years, they say that 'despite their gravity' his crimes do not warrant a full-life prison term

GUILTY. Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda arrives for his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019. File photo by Eva Plevier/various sources/AFP

'Killings continue': Rights group urge ICC to open investigation of drug war

Oct 04, 2019 - 2:05 PM

The group also urges the ICC prosecutor to 'cooperate' with the United Nations Human Rights Council which is conducting its own inquiry into the drug war killings in the Philippines

EJKs. Families of victims of extraudicial killings call on the United Nations Human Rights Council to pursue an investigation into the rising drug war deaths in the Philippines. Photo by Micah Guiao/Rappler

Congolese 'Terminator' rebel guilty of war crimes

Jul 08, 2019 - 6:29 PM

ICC head judge Robert Fremr says Bosco Ntaganda was a 'key leader' who gave orders to 'target and kill civilians' in DR Congo's volatile, mineral-rich Ituri region in 2002 and 2003

GUILTY. Former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda arrives for his trial at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, The Netherlands, on July 8, 2019. Photo by Eva Plevier/various sources/AFP

Myanmar army rejects ICC bid for full Rohingya probe

Jun 27, 2019 - 9:38 PM

'The military and government have not neglected the issue and have been trying to take action against those who committed abuses,' says Myanmar military spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Htun

ROHINGYA. In this photo taken on August 13, 2018, Rohingya workers transport sacks of ginger from a boat, which arrived from Myanmar's Rakhine state, to waiting trucks at Teknaf port near Cox's Bazar. Photo by Ed Jones / AFP

ICC prosecutor seeks full Myanmar atrocities probe

Jun 26, 2019 - 9:06 PM

Fatou Bensouda will now 'submit a request for an authorization to open an investigation into this situation,' the Hague-based International Criminal Court says in a statement

FULL PROBE. Young Rohingya refugees girls peep out from a makeshift shelter at Balukhali refugee camp in Ukhia on February 4, 2019. File photo by Munir Uz Zaman/AFP

Amnesty urges ICC to probe 'crimes against humanity' in Venezuela

May 15, 2019 - 12:29 AM

Amnesty International believes Nicolas Maduro's government responded with "a systematic and widespread policy of repression" in late January during anti-government protests

MADURO. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro (R) delivers a speech next to the president of the ruling Constituent Assembly Diosdado Cabello during a military parade in Caracas on April 13, 2019. File photo by Yuri Cortez/AFP

Sudan new military rulers offer dialogue as protests rage

Apr 12, 2019 - 10:25 PM

Analysts say that Omar al-Bashir's overthrow in a palace coup has made the transition to democracy in Sudan a more distant prospect

PROTESTS CONTINUE. Sudanese protesters gather near the military headquarters in Khartoum as they continue to rally demanding a civilian body to lead the transition to democracy one day after a military council took control of the country, on April 12, 2019. Photo by AFP

ICC judges turn down request for Afghanistan war crimes probe

Apr 12, 2019 - 8:18 PM

'The judges decided that an investigation into the situation in Afghanistan at this stage would not serve the interests of justice,' the International Criminal Court says in a statement

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

EU backs ICC after U.S. revokes prosecutor's visa

Apr 06, 2019 - 10:39 PM

The revocation of Fatou Bensouda's visa comes after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced restrictions on ICC staff who probe US or allied personnel

ICC PROSECUTOR. Public Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda enters the court room for the trial of Dominic Ongwen a senior commander in Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army, at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, on December 6, 2016. File photo by Peter Dejong/AFP

De Lima: PH now 'stripped naked of ICC protection' vs Duterte, China

Apr 06, 2019 - 4:28 PM

'As sure as anything, Duterte will continue to commit crimes against humanity on his countrymen, and China will continue to commit acts of aggression against Filipino fisherfolks,' says Senator Leila de Lima

China's President Xi Jinping (R) and Philippines' President Rodrigo Duterte waves to members of the media after inspecting the honour guard during a welcoming ceremony at the Malacanang palace grounds in Manila on November 20, 2018. - Chinese President Xi Jinping called his visit on November 20 to long-time US ally the Philippines a "milestone", as he aimed to boost blossoming ties on the promise of billions of dollars in backing for mega-projects. (Photo by Ted ALJIBE / AFP)

ICC president urges U.S. to join global criminal court

Apr 01, 2019 - 10:23 PM

International Criminal Court president Chile Eboe-Osuji calls on the US to 'join her closest allies and friends at the table of the Rome Statute,' referring to the court's founding document

THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT. A picture taken on November 23, 2015 shows the new building of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands. File photo by Martijn Beekman/ANP/AFP

[OPINION | NEWSPOINT] Justice by foreign intervention

Mar 30, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Duterte is not completely out of reach by the law, and it will be ironic if it's yet the especially long arm of the International Criminal Court from the Hague, in the Netherlands, that gets him

Duterte tells China he had no hand in ICC complaint vs Xi

Mar 28, 2019 - 1:15 PM

In a meeting with an official of China's Communist Party, President Rodrigo Duterte says he 'cannot stop' people from filing cases as the Philippines is a democratic country

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte poses for posterity with Song Tao, head of the International Department of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, who paid a courtesy call on the President at Matina Enclaves in Davao City on March 27, 2019. KARL NORMAN ALONZO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

FALSE: Miriam Defensor Santiago’s election as ICC judge is void

Mar 27, 2019 - 6:43 PM

‘The Rome Statute only refers to a requirement of State Party nationality at the time of election but not afterwards,’ says the International Criminal Court

Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor Santiago along with her Vice Presidential candidate Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. at Bulacan State University on Monday, April 18, 2016. Photo by Jasmin Dulay/Rappler

ICC can still go after China's Xi Jinping after Philippine pull out

Mar 27, 2019 - 5:37 PM

The question now, Batongbacal said, is if the ICC can still pursue the case since the Philippines had pulled out

‘Miriam would have pulverized’ Panelo, says late senator’s sister

Mar 26, 2019 - 3:51 PM

Linn Defensor Evangelista, the sister of Miriam Defensor Santiago, slams Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo for saying that the late senator's election as an ICC judge was not valid

Thousands sign petition backing ICC complaint vs China's Xi

Mar 24, 2019 - 3:40 PM

Petitioners support two former Philippine officials for bringing Chinese President Xi Jinping to the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity

BACKED. Press conference by former SFA Albert del Rosario and former Ombudswoman Conchita Carpio Morales at the Manila Polo club, Makati. March 22, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva

Robredo says ICC complaint vs China's Xi 'gives Filipinos hope'

Mar 23, 2019 - 6:35 PM

'Parang dinugtungan ulit iyong pag-asa sa ating mga puso, na mayroon pa naman pala tayong lakas na labanan iyong isang malaking entity kagaya ng China,' says Vice President Leni Robredo

Vice President Leni Robredo met with the farmers and fisherfolk in Lingayen, Pangasinan, held at Purok Marcela Resort on Thursday, March 21, 2019. Pangasinan 2nd District Rep. Leopoldo Bataoil and other local officials of Lingayen were also present during the dialogue. Photo by OVP

ICC complaint vs China's Xi 'deserves support' of Filipinos – senators

Mar 23, 2019 - 3:33 PM

(UPDATED) 'It is a patriotic move....that deserves the support of every freedom-loving Filipino whose duty is to protect and preserve our country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Malacañang: Ex-PH officials' ICC case vs Xi 'a futile exercise'

Mar 23, 2019 - 11:17 AM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo provides reasons why the complaint of former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales may not prosper at the International Criminal Court

PIVOT TO CHINA. Philippine relations with  China warmed under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, seen in this photo with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Malacanang photo

Ex-PH officials: ICC complaint vs China 'to check impunity'

Mar 22, 2019 - 6:50 PM

(UPDATED) 'We are certainly doing it for the marginalized fishermen, for us as a whole, and for other countries,' says former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

XI JINPING CASE. Former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales (right) and former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario (left) speak at a press conference at the complaint they filed against Chinese President Xi Jinping at the International Criminal Court. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte says ICC case won’t threaten PH relations with China

Mar 21, 2019 - 9:13 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte downplays the impact of a case filed by former officials from the Philippines against Chinese President Xi Jinping at the International Criminal Court

LEADERS, FRIENDS. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands after anl expanded bilateral meeting in Malacañang on November 20, 2018. Malacanang photo

Ex-PH officials bring China's Xi to Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 21, 2019 - 4:05 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Former foreign secretary Albert del Rosario and former ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales accuse China of crimes against humanity in the South China Sea

CHINESE LEADER. Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a joint press statement with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte at Malacañang in Manila on November 20, 2018. Photo by Mark Cristino/Pool/AFP

Duterte's withdrawal from ICC an 'act of desperation' – Human Rights Watch

Mar 19, 2019 - 3:11 PM

'[President Rodrigo Duterte]'s bald-faced effort to protect himself from the court’s reach looks more like an act of desperation for a man who appears deeply implicated in alleged crimes against humanity,' HRW's Param-Preet Singh says

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte waves to the guests during the ceremonial confirmation of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) plebiscite canvass results and oath-taking ceremony of the members of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority at the Malacañan Palace on February 22, 2019. ALFRED FRIAS/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Can PH return to ICC in the time of Duterte? ‘Yes, through void ab initio’

Mar 19, 2019 - 9:56 AM

The Philippine Coalition for the ICC uses the same tactic of the Duterte administration and asks the Supreme Court to declare the withdrawal void from the start

ICC WITHDRAWAL. President Rodrigo Duterte's unilateral withdrawal from the International Criminal Court (ICC) became effective on March 17, 2019. Malacañang Photo

Int’l Criminal Court vows probe despite PH withdrawal

Mar 19, 2019 - 8:49 AM

'My Office's independent and impartial preliminary examination into the situation in the Philippines continues,' says International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

DRUG WAR. International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda vows to continue her office's preliminary examination into drug war killings in the Philippines. File photo from AFP

ICC investigators to be denied entry, deported if they visit PH to probe drug war

Mar 18, 2019 - 2:50 PM

Any attempt to gather more information about the Duterte administration's campaign against illegal drugs will be taken by Malacañang as interference with Philippine sovereignty

Duterte slammed after Int'l Criminal Court withdrawal

Mar 17, 2019 - 2:26 PM

'You can withdraw but you cannot hide,' opposition senatorial bet Gary Alejano warns President Rodrigo Duterte

OUT OF ICC. The Philippines pulls out of the International Criminal Court a year after President Rodrigo Duterte expressed loss of trust in the international tribunal. Malacañang file photo

Philippines leaves International Criminal Court

Mar 17, 2019 - 9:21 AM

It's final. The Philippines' withdrawal from the International Criminal Court takes effect Sunday, March 17.

OUT AMID PROBE. The Philippine government leaves the International Criminal Court amid examination of President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called war on drugs.

PODCAST: Ang pagkalas ni Duterte at Pilipinas sa Int'l Criminal Court

Mar 14, 2019 - 9:11 PM

Ang pagkalas na ito ay tila pagbasura sa ginawang pagsisikap ng mga human rights advocates na mapasama tayo sa ICC, isang prosesong tumagal nang 11 taon

PAGKALAS. Magiging epektibo ang pagkalas ng Pilipinas sa International Criminal Court sa March 17, 2019.

Withdrawal will make ICC investigation of Philippines difficult – expert

Mar 14, 2019 - 2:20 PM

‘The ICC depends on state cooperation for matters of arrest and surrender – and this has definitely been a problem,’ says international lawyer Priya Pillai