The Prosecutor of the ICC announced the launch of a preliminary examination into allegations of crimes against humanity committed by Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte in his anti-drugs campaign.

Official statistics claim 4,000 people have been killed by the police since President Duterte became president, although other reports claim the number is much higher. The ICC stated that “While some of such killings have reportedly occurred in the context of clashes between or within gangs, it is alleged that many of the reported incidents involved extra-judicial killings in the course of police anti-drug operations”.

This is the first time the ICC will conduct a preliminary examination in a South-East Asian country.