The horrific attack at the Charlie Hebdo office on January 7, 2015, led to the death of 12 people, including two policemen. Nothing can justify such an attack and those who organised and committed these crimes should be brought to justice, Human Rights Watch said. France should protect freedom of expression and guard against any backlash against particular groups.
Philippine Police Killings in Duterte’s “War on Drugs”
The report, “‘License to Kill’: Philippine Police Killings in Duterte’s ‘War on Drugs,’” found that the Philippine National Police have repeatedly carried out extrajudicial killings of drug suspects, and then falsely claimed self-defense. They plant guns, spent ammunition, and drug packets on their victims’ bodies to implicate them in drug activities. Masked gunmen taking part in killings appeared to be working closely with the police, casting doubt on government claims that the majority of killings have been committed by vigilantes or rival drug gangs. In several instances that Human Rights Watch investigated, suspects in police custody were later found dead and classified by police as “found bodies” or “deaths under investigation.” No one has been meaningfully investigated, let alone prosecuted, for any of the “drug war” killings.