ILPS congratulates IPT for success of trial and conviction of Duterte and Trump

Issued by the Office of the Chairperson
International League of Peoples´ Struggle
September 20, 2018

We, the International League of Peoples´ Struggle, congratulate the International People´s Tribunal (IPT) on the Philippines, its convenors, judges, prosecutors, witnesses and expert witnesses for the successful trial and conviction of Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines and Donald Trump, president of the United States of America.

The trial was held in Brussels, Belgium from September 18 to 19, 2018 for the crimes of gross human rights violations against the Filipino people by the Duterte and Trump regimes.The lead convenor of the IPT is the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, an accredited NGO with the United Nations Human Rights Council and has UN Economic and Social Council status.

The IPT is a world renowned moral court of public opinion. Its judges and prosecutors have high moral authority and influence because they are outstanding professors and practitioners in the legal profession from various countries. They are legal luminaries and well-known for their advocacy of human rights and international humanitarian law.

The IPT is resorted to by the people when governments like the tyrannical regime of Duterte of the GRP and an imperialist power like the US use their state power to prevent the prosecution and trial of their highest officials and frustrate the people´s demand for justice and viciously oppose the International Criminal Court.

We applaud the judgement issued by the IPT on September 19, convicting Duterte and Trump on the following grave crimes:

I. Gross and systematic violations of human rights, particularly civil and political rights, with focus on extrajudicial killings (EJKs), massacres, arbitrary arrests and detentions, torture, political persecution, attacks on media, and multiple rights violations arising from the imposition of martial rule in Mindanao.

II. Gross and systematic violations of human rights, particularly economic, social and cultural rights, with focus on labor, peasant, women, and migrants rights, and the rights to education, livelihood and housing, through the imposition of neoliberal policies and other imperialist impositions to exploit the people; transgression of their economic sovereignty and national patrimony; and various forms of economic plunder.

III. Gross and systematic violations of the rights of the people to national self-determination and development and violations of international humanitarian law, with focus on attacks on civilian communities and schools, massacres of hors de combat, ¨terrorist¨ labeling and profiling, destructive mining and environmental degradation, and crimes against humanity; and misrepresentations and attacks on the people’s right to national liberation.

This judgement will resound among the peoples of the world, especially among the Filipino people, to isolate and disempower the US-propped Duterte regime and will pave the way for bringing Duterte to a court of law in the Philippines or abroad in consonance with the people´s demand for justice.

We reiterate the resolution of the ILPS to disseminate the information and judgement against Duterte and Trump throughout the world in accordance with the anti-imperialist and democratic character and objectives of the ILPS and contribute as much as we can to have justice prevail soonest through the exercise of the people´s will. ###

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