“Every day that Senator de Lima remains detained is another day of injustice, not only against her but against all Filipinos whose rights – to life, liberty, health, and due process – have been trampled on by a violent and repressive government.” Nicholas Bequelin, Regional Director, East & Southeast Asia & Pacific, Amnesty International.
Senator Leila de Lima has been detained at the headquarters of the Philippine National Police since her arrest on February 24, 2017. As one of the staunchest critics of the Duterte government’s horrific “war on drugs” she was arrested after investigating the thousands of extrajudicial executions committed in the context of the anti-drug campaign. The mistreatment of de Lima reflects broader attacks by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte against human rights defenders (HRDs), journalists, clergy, lawyers and other government officials, particularly women.
Please join Group 30 and call for the release of Senator de Lima, call on Congress and the Biden administration to stop selling arms to the Philippines and to stop the brutal extrajudicial killings.