Join with Amnesty International to stop the Philippines from bringing back the death penalty
Currently, the Philippine government is trying to bring back the death penalty. President Duterte has made it clear since he came into office in 2016: he is happy to use violence to preserve social order and fight crime. And his government is quickly following his lead. In March, a Bill to reintroduce the death penalty for some drug-related offences was adopted by the House of Representatives. His domestic policy has focused on combating illegal drug trade by initiating the Philippine Drug War. In speeches made after his inauguration on June 30 2016, Duterte urged citizens to kill suspected criminals and drug addicts. He said he would order police to adopt a shoot-to-kill policy, and would offer them a bounty for dead suspects.
Now, another Bill is going to the Senate for them to discuss and vote on in May – and it aims to bring back the death penalty for many more offences. It’s now at the stage where the Senate can approve it – or, they can oppose it. They have the power to stop the death penalty being reintroduced. But we must act now and put as much pressure as possible on them to vote against bringing it back.
Amnesty International’s efforts
The death penalty cruel, inhumane and mostly affects those living in poverty – it doesn’t even work as an effective way to deter people from committing crime, so it has no worth. 141 countries are abolitionist in law or practice. The reintroduction of the death penalty would set the Philippines starkly against the global trend towards its abolition.
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How you can help
Help stop the death penalty returning to the Philippines. Act now and send an email to all members of the Philippine Senate voting on the bill over the coming weeks. Call on them to put an end to this ultimately inhuman, cruel and degrading punishment.