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Democratic backsliding and threats to human rights in Dutertes Philippines

Parmanand, Sharmila ORCID: 0000-0003-2461-7470 (2023) Democratic backsliding and threats to human rights in Dutertes Philippines. In: Brysk, Alison, (ed.) Populism and Human Rights in a Turbulent Era. In a Turbulent Era series. Elgar, Cheltenham, UK, 105 - 125. ISBN 9781802209532

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Identification Number: 10.4337/9781802209549.00010


Rodrigo Duterte ended his six-year presidential term on June 2022 with the highest late-term approval rating among Philippine presidents in recent history. He also sustained high approval and trust ratings during the pandemic, even when he placed Manila under one of the world’s longest lockdowns, and throughout his violent war on drugs in which at least 7,700 civilians have been killed by government forces and anti-drug vigilantes. This chapter provides an analytical overview of Duterte’s appeal as a populist and its historical antecedents in the Philippines. It also offers an assessment of the challenges to human rights under his regime through systematic undermining of democratic institutions and civil society, with a focus on women’s rights. I argue that Duterte’s manipulation of media and rhetorical performance of masculinity, nationalism, and violence are key to his appeal.

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Additional Information: © 2023 The editor and contributors severally
Divisions: Gender Studies
Subjects: J Political Science > JQ Political institutions Asia
J Political Science > JC Political theory
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2024 10:03
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 10:03

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