Probe killing of 17 women activists, Leila asks colleagues

By: - Reporter / @mj_uyINQ
/ 07:38 AM December 14, 2017

Opposition Sen. Leila de Lima urged her fellow senators to investigate the alleged summary killings of 17 women rights defenders under the Duterte administration.

In filing Senate Resolution No. 573, De Lima cited records of human rights groups Tanggol Bayi and Karapatan, showing that 17 women activists were supposedly killed since President Duterte rose to power in July last year.


Most of the victims of alleged summary executions were peasant leaders and human rights advocates, according to the groups.

De Lima said the state had an obligation to protect human rights defenders, especially those who were abused as a consequence of their gender and activism.


“They should be protected by all relevant agencies and mechanisms of government, by way of investigation and prosecution of those who may be liable for deaths, physical assaults, verbal violence, and other forms of abuses,” she added.

The detained senator urged her colleagues to prioritize issues concerning women rights defenders not only to stop the culture of violence in the country but also to stamp out all forms of discrimination against women.

Read Next
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Human rights, Leila de Lima, Philippine news updates, Senate Resolution No. 573, summary killings
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.

© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.