Families carrying their belongings flee Marawi city, in the southern mainly Muslim island of Mindanao, on May 26, amid fighting between Islamist militants and government forces. Photo: AFP

Why Philippines’ Duterte needs a lighter touch, not martial law, to end militancy in Mindanao

Sherif A. Elgebeily says the suspension of rights under military rule is likely to fan the flames of Islamist extremism, when what President Rodrigo Duterte needs to do is address its causes, such as poverty, illiteracy and alienation

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Families carrying their belongings flee Marawi city, in the southern mainly Muslim island of Mindanao, on May 26, amid fighting between Islamist militants and government forces. Photo: AFP
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Sherif A. Elgebeily

Sherif A. Elgebeily

Dr Sherif A. Elgebeily (@selgebeily) is director of the Centre for the Study of International Peace and Security, and co-chair of the International Law and Policy in Africa Network (ILPAN). He is the author of The Rule of Law in the United Nations Security Council Decision-making Process.