CHR: Claims linking rights groups to drugs ‘baseless’

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The Commission on Human Rights said criticism of the government's war on drugs are neither clear links to drug lords nor a sign of destabilization.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 30) — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) slammed as baseless statements that human rights groups have become “unwitting tools” of drug lords.

In a Wednesday statement, the CHR said criticism of the government’s war on drugs are “neither clear links to drug lords nor a sign of (a) destabilization plot.”

“Dispensing allegations without proof is dangerous as it opens human rights defenders to unsolicited attacks,” it said.

It added the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police have not yet verified the allegation.

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The CHR said it is “clearer” that cases of deaths and human rights violations are linked to the government’s campaign on drugs.

Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said they are not discounting the possibility of human rights groups becoming “unwitting tools of drug lords” in light of criticism against the Duterte administration’s campaign against illegal drugs.

Local and international groups have criticized Duterte's war against illegal drugs. While government data present more than 4,000 deaths in anti-illegal drug operations, human rights groups believe the number to be as high as 13,000.

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