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Following the unspeakable and unimaginable horrors of the Holocaust, the United Nations and the international community ratified the Genocide Convention and vowed “never again.” Over the past 70 years, however, the world has repeatedly broken this vow. Bosnia, Rwanda, Darfur, and others led Samantha Power, US ambassador to the UN, to suggest that a more apt phrase would be “again and again.”
It is through this lens that the international community must regard the violence currently unfolding in the Philippines. In the months since the election of Rodrigo Duterte this May, over 4,000 people have been killed for allegedly taking part in the drug trade. These extrajudicial killings are terrifying, but equally scary is the flippantly unapologetic attitude of Duterte. He likens himself to Hitler and has publicly stated he would be happy to slaughter millions of drug addicts. Those living in Manila are quickly becoming familiar with slain and duct-taped bodies appearing on neighborhood street corners. Often, the only explanation for the murder is a cardboard sign tacked to the chest of the victim with the words: ”I’m a pusher.”
Until recently, the international community has treated Duterte more as a bizarre oddity than legitimate threat to the human rights of his citizens. This leads us to question—where is the global condemnation? Where are the promises of legal action from international institutions, foreign governments, and advocacy groups?
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