The Philippines: on World Day Against the Death Penalty, Congress encouraged to reject attempts to reintroduce death penalty
10 October marks the World Day Against the Death Penalty, a global day of action which sees actors from all walks of life and many countries join together to say no to the death penalty. On this occasion, civil society organizations from the Philippines and internationally share their alarm at the 24 draft laws which are currently pending before Committees of the House of Representatives and of the Senate of the Philippines. These laws aim to reintroduce the death penalty as the punishment for several offences including murder, rape, drug trafficking, plunder and kidnapping. The adoption of any such laws would violate the country’s obligations under international human rights law.