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Senator Leila de Lima is set to speak about the Philippines' experience in addressing human rights violations under the Duterte administration in a conference in Berlin, Germany.

 "The conference is a perfect opportunity to bring forward the human rights issues faced by the country, including our respective experiences, and gather support for actions that mitigate the prevailing culture of impunity," she said in a statement. 

The Annual Conference on Cultural Diplomacy (ACCD) in the German capital is focused on raising awareness and support for activities that will promote global human rights. It is set for December 14 to 19.




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De Lima said the issue of human rights affects everyone regardless of nationality.

 "We must address these issues on a global scale," she said.

 "The upcoming conference is a good chance to network with known human rights defenders, especially those in the government, to come together and discuss how each country can reaffirm its commitment to protect human rights," she added.

 In the Philippines, a total of 5,882 people have been killed across the country since President Rodrigo Duterte launched his war on illegal drugs, latest data from the Philippine National Police (PNP) showed.




A special report by Reuters said the kill ratio in the Philippines is much higher than in countries with comparable drug-related violence. It said police kill 97 percent of those they shoot, leaving 33 dead for every person wounded.

 READ: PNP racks up deadly record in drug war 

Apart from De Lima, other speakers at the ACCD include President Bujar Nishani of the Republic of Albania, former United States Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, Judge Dragolijub Popovic of the European Court of Human Rights, among others.



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De Lima is flying to Germany after being honored as among the 100 Foreign Policy Global Thinkers recognized in Washington D.C. on Monday.

 She was included in the category "Challengers" and was honored as a global thinker for "standing up to an extremist leader."



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