August 2016: Nearly 2,000 Killed in Phillipine Government Anti-Drug Campaign
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
Here's a slideshow depicting the major world news events of August 2016.
1. Thailand's Referendum Equals New Constitution 2. Quetta, Pakistan Is Terror Target 3. Update on Boko Haram 4. Saudi Coalition Airstrike Hits Hospital in Yemen 5. Russia Deploys Airstrikes from Iran into Syria 6. UN Admits Responsibility in Haitian Cholera Epidemic 7. Suicide Bomber at Turkish Wedding 8. Thousands Killed in Philippine Drug War 9. Turkey Enters Syrian War 10. Columbian Government Makes Peace with FARC Rebels 11. Attack on American University in Afghanistan 12. Top ISIS Leader Killed 13. Brazil's Senate Votes to Impeach Rousseff
- Nearly 2,000 Killed in Phillipine Government Anti-Drug Campaign
- On August 23, 2016, it is reported that there are more than 1,900 deaths in the Philippines due to extrajudicial killings of drug peddlers, traffickers, criminals, and addicts. These deaths are a direct result of President Rodrigo Duterte's encouragement of vigilante-style justice. President Duterte entered office seven weeks ago and made a commitment to eradicate crime in the country that has a long history of drug-related violence; his actions as president are attracting a lot of attention from the United Nations and Human Rights Watch as the country devolves into violence. The president enjoys a high approval rating from the citizens of the Philippines.
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