ADN Calls New Anti-Terrorism Bill a Threat to the Rule of Law in the Philippines
The Asia Democracy Network (ADN) has condemned the Philippine government for proposing a new Anti-Terrorism Law that would dramatically damage the rule of law in that country. The proposed bill “empowers the government to tag its enemies as terrorists with impunity,” ADN says. It would allow security officers to perform warrantless arrests, impose lengthened detentions, and conduct state surveillance without authorization by the judiciary. The bill would also introduce a wider and more vague definition of what terrorism is, which would put human rights activists at risk of being imprisoned. ADN calls on the Philippine government to withdraw the bill from consideration.
To read ADN’s full statement, click here.