This article originally appeared on VICE News.
A human rights group urged the UN Monday to take decisive action against Rodrigo Duterte's war on drugs after two children were deliberately targeted by Philippine police for extrajudicial executions last month.
Some 54 children have been killed during Duterte's violent campaign, which began soon after he became president in June 2016.
Highlighting the need for a UN inquiry into the violence, Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director for Human Rights Watch, said the "willingness of Philippine police to deliberately target children for execution marks an appalling new level of depravity in this so-called drug war."
"Until Duterte ends his abusive drug war and allows a UN-led international probe, child-killers among the police will continue to get away with murder," he added.
Two days earlier, anti-drug officers in Caloocan City killed 17-year-old Kian delos Santos.