Children suffer most in Philippine drug war, Human Rights Watch says May 28, 2020 0 475 12345 DPAManilaThousands of children in the Philippines have suffered psychological distress, bullying and worsening poverty as a result of President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign against illegal drugs, Human Rights Watch reported on Wednesday.At least 101 children were also killed, either as bystanders or as the main targets of the violent crackdown between July 2016 and December 2018, the New York-based group said in a 48-page report.The figures on deaths date back to 2018 because of available statistics. The study extended into 2019 and this year and the government’s policy is still in place.Human Rights Watch urged members of the UN Human Rights Council to support an independent international investigation into the drug war killings and the impact of the violence on children, and press the Philippine government to end its illegal drug operations.“Without action now, an entire generation of Filipino children will be victimized by the violence of Duterte’s anti-drug campaign,” said Carlos Conde, Philippines researcher at Human Rights Watch.The report noted that the Philippine government has “done little to address the needs of children directly affected by the anti-drug campaign.” According to Philippine police statistics, more than 5,600 suspects have been killed in anti-drug operations since July 1, 2016.Estimates by human rights group place the death toll at more than 27,000, Human Rights Watch said.“In many of the raids, children witnessed the killing of a parent, or were present while their parent was dragged away and shot,” the report said. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Hong Kong police stamp out national anthem law protests May 28, 2020 0 579 India wilts as temperature hits 50 degrees Celsius May 28, 2020 0 36 Taiwan urged to support more Hong Kongers seeking asylum May 28, 2020 0 37 Bangladesh relaxes some measures imposed due to the coronavirus Dhaka Bangladesh is relaxing some of the measures imposed nine weeks ago to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus and is to allow public and private offices to reopen from Sunday, an official said on Wednesday. “The .. ‘Locust invasion’ raises fears of food security crisis in Pakistan Islamabad Pakistani authorities said on Wednesday they are struggling to deal with an invasion of desert locust that has raised fears of a food security crisis in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. “At least 61 .. South Korea sees highest daily increase in coronavirus cases in weeks DPA Seoul South Korea reported an uptick in novel coronavirus cases on Wednesday, with 40 new recorded incidents, the country’s highest daily rise in seven weeks, according to the Health Ministry. Particular concern is .. Hikers missing in New Zealand found alive and well after 18 days DPA Wellington Two young hikers missing in remote bush in New Zealand have been found alive and well after 18 days. Dion Reynolds and Jessica O’Connor, both aged 23, went tramping in Kahurangi National Park at the top of the .. Pakistani villager urges Indian PM to return pigeon accused of spying DPA Islamabad A Pakistani villager on Wednesday urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to return his pigeon which flew across the border and is now suspected by Indian police as a spy. “I appeal (to the) Indian Prime ..