An NGO which had played a key role in the Philippine signing of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court 15 years ago has issued a statement calling for an impartial probe on the police commando killings but urging the public not to over-react.
The Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court (PCICC) said:
We mourn with the families of the dead and with the whole nation and we call for justice for war crimes or other violations of IHL (International Humanitarian Law) that were allegedly committed in the fighting. But we cannot lose our head in our grief and demand for justice. Those withdrawing their support for the peace process and calling for a return to all-out-war must be made aware that all-out-war is in itself a violation of the rules of war – a violation of international humanitarian law (IHL).
The PCICC is part of a 2,000-strong international coalition of NGOs which believe in bringing to justice perpetrators of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
You can read their full statement below: