As mentioned in our February monthly review, the Prosecutor of the ICC announced a preliminary examination into allegations of crimes against humanity committed by Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte.

Following this announcement, President Duterte has announced his plans to withdraw his country from the Rome Statute (which set up the ICC and provides the ICC with the jurisdiction to investigate signatory countries) and has notified the UN Secretary General of this intention. He states the investigation is political and contained “baseless” allegations.