Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the death anniversary of Kian Loyd delos Santos

Statement of the Commission on Human Rights on the death anniversary of Kian Loyd delos Santos

As we mark the first year death anniversary of teenager Kian Lloyd delos Santos, the call for expedient justice rings louder not only for him but for all the minors and youth whose lives and dreams were snuffed out in the campaign against illegal drugs. CHR investigation revealed that Kian pleaded to be freed as he was thinking of his exam in school the next day: “Tama na po, may exam pa po ako bukas.”  He was gunned down by police officers who are supposed to be the protectors of the people. Criminal and administrative cases have been filed against three police officers, while some have not been held to account and worse, promoted.

The State must always take to heart its moral and legal responsibility to protect the youth, uphold their best interest, and provide them with sufficient care in whatever context and amidst any challenge.

We reiterate our call for the Philippine National Police to ensure full accountability of officers involved in all cases of drug-related deaths. We also ask the public to never be silent amidst the culture of impunity. Let us collectively resist any abuse, remember and honor the lives that were unnecessarily sacrificed, and demand for full and fast justice.

We owe it to the youth – especially to the innocent lives lost in the anti-drug operations – to fight for a society free of violence and abuse and one that truly upholds the dignity and rights of all. ■

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