Open Letter to Netflix CEO Mr. Reed Hastings

Immediately cancel the streaming of “AMO” that promotes war on drugs in the Philippines – #CancelAMO

Please direct your queries to:

Bikas Gurung at 

Dr Jay Levy at 

Please use the hashtag #CancelAMO

Read the Open Letter:

Sign the Petition and support LUZVIMINDA SIAPO, mother of RAYMART SIAPO (19 years old) who was one of the victims of war on drugs in the Philippines.


Bangkok (April 6, 2018) – The Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD) and the International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) have released an open letter to Mr. Reed Hastings, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Netflix. In the letter, the two human rights organizations demand that Netflix immediately cancel plans to stream the Philippines drug war series “AMO” that actively promotes murder, extrajudicial killings, violence, and the war on drugs in the Philippines.

The two organizations believe that “AMO” actively promotes the state-sanctioned extrajudicial killings of tens of thousands of Filipinos, the state-endorsed murders of more than 20,000 people[i] – many of them children – ostensibly suspected of using or selling drugs since June 2016. Filipino President Duterte’s war on people who use drugs, that is often referred to as a ‘War on Poor’, has brought destitution and anguish to hundreds of thousands of lives, including thousands who are imprisoned under inhumane conditions.

“First Apple and Google made those insensible games available through their app stores. Now Netflix is promoting Duterte and his bloody war on people who use drugs as the right thing to do. Seriously, what is wrong with the corporate sectors?”, said Anand Chabungbam, Regional Coordinator of the Asian Network of People who Use Drugs (ANPUD). “Apple did the right thing by removing those games and we truly expect nothing less from Netflix”, he added.

In February 2018, the ICC launched an initial inquiry into allegations of crimes against humanity committed by Duterte in his brutal anti-drugs crusade.[ii]

Supporters of Duterte and his war on drugs in the Philippines have been developing mass media tools to counter national and international criticisms. Different smartphone apps, short films and television programs like “AMO” are the means by which Duterte maintains and cultivates his public image.

Executive Director of INPUD, Judy Chang says, “Glorifying President Duterte’s war on drugs is the glorification of mass murder, killings and human rights abuses. This has real implications for causing further harm to the lives of people who use drugs, their families and communities in the Philippines and beyond. The lives of people who use drugs – our lives – are not tools and instruments to be used for political capital nor public entertainment”.

It is entirely inappropriate and grotesque for Netflix to be promoting a drug war that has resulted in thousands of brutal murders. The open letter urges that Mr. Hastings:

undertakes a formal review of the series “AMO” in light of the human rights principles and the ongoing crisis in the Philippines.

Immediately cancels the streaming of “AMO”.


[i] Senator: Rodrigo Duterte’s drug war has killed 20,000:

[ii] ICC launches crimes against humanity inquiry into Duterte’s war on drugs:

Some important links:

  1. Duterte’s drug war is star of first Filipino drama on Netflix:
  2. The Philippines’ Duterte Incites Vigilante Violence:
  3. “License to Kill” Philippine Police Killings in Duterte’s “War on Drugs”:
  4. Philippine police kill 32 in bloodiest night of Duterte’s war on drugs:
  5. Philippines: Duterte Threatens Human Rights Community:
  6. Secretary-General’s remarks at the UN Correspondents Association Reception:
  7. Statement by the UNODC Executive Director on the situation in the Philippines:
  8. INCB expresses concern about reports of violence against persons suspected of drug-related crime and drug use in the Philippines:
  9. Int’l Criminal Court chief prosecutor warns PH over drug killings:
  10. 45 UNHRC members call for end to killings:
  11. Over 300 NGOs call on the United Nations to take immediate action on the hundreds of extrajudicial killings of suspected drug offenders in the Philippines:
  12. ‘Mass murder’ complaint filed against Philippines’ President Duterte at ICC:
  13. ICC launches crimes against humanity inquiry into Duterte’s war on drugs:
  14. Darker and more dangerous: High Commissioner updates the Human Rights Council on human rights issues in 40 countries – Human Rights Council 36th session, Opening Statement by Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:
  15. Apple removes Philippines leader Duterte execution games: |


Advocacy ANPUD Governance Asia ATS Capacity Building CCDU CDUN community based treatment Conference Death Penalty Decriminalization Drug Policy Global Fund Harm Reduction HCV HIV/AIDS HRI Human Rights IDPC India Indonesia Information Brief INPUD Key Population Media Release Meeting Minutes Naloxone Nepal OHCHR People who inject drugs People who use drugs Philippines Policy Brief Reports Short Films Competition Sign the Petition South-East Asia Sri Lanka UNAIDS UNGASS UNODC Vacancy War on Drugs WHO Women who use drugs
0 replies

Leave a Reply

Want to join the discussion?
Feel free to contribute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Posts

  • Asian Communities grieve for one of the greatest losses in the history of their movement
  • Internship Opportunity: ANPUD announces a Call for Interns
  • #StandWithLawyersCollective – SIGN THE PETITION to the Indian Government: Stop Harassing Anand Grover and Indira Jaising
  • Chemsex: A Case Study of Drug-Userphobia
  • Immediately HALT the Executions of People who use Drugs in Sri Lanka


  • Campaigns (21)
  • HALL Of HEROES (2)
  • Magazine (118)
    • Blogs (16)
    • News (73)
      • Country Flashes (13)
      • Global Flashes (24)
      • Regional Flashes (44)
    • Opportunities (5)
    • Publications (61)
      • ANPUD PUB (29)
      • Other PUB (31)
    • Tools & Guidelines (9)
      • ANPUD T&G (2)
      • Other T&G (7)
  • Uncategorized (1)