It was once a declared goal of the United Nations to ensure the world is drug-free by 2008. But the war on drugs has failed. The business in illegal drugs is lucrative, with global trade currently worth more than 380 billion euros a year.
Security forces have killed at least 26 alleged dealers in the past few days. The anti-drug operations, which some experts say are similar to the raids in the Philippines, have been slammed by rights activists.
The chief justice of the Philippines' Supreme Court, who has challenged many of President Duterte's controversial proposals, has been expelled from her post. Experts say it undermines the nation's judicial independence.
It has been two years since Duterte became president of the Philippines and unleashed a brutal war on drugs. The death toll is high but nobody seems to know the real numbers — not even the police, as a DW research shows.
The Philippines has officially notified the UN secretary-general that it is quitting the ICC. The move comes after it was announced that the court was investigating killings connected with Manila's war on drugs.
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