[Statement] Human rights defenders push for the adoption of human rights framework in the Bangsamoro Basic Law -BAWGBUG

Human rights defenders push for the adoption of human rights framework in the Bangsamoro Basic Law (Cotabato City) In the observance of the International Human Rights Day, Bawgbug is spearheading a series of community based consultations in Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi for the drafting of a Bangsamoro Basic Law with a strong and highly defined…

[In the news] ARMM’s Hataman vows to lower poverty incidence to “single-digit during our term” -Mindanews

ARMM’s Hataman vows to lower poverty incidence to “single-digit during our term” By Carolyn O. Arguillas May 20 2013 COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/20 May) – OIC Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), recently proclaimed winner in the ARMM gubernatorial race, has vowed to lower the double-digit poverty incidence in the country’s…

[From the web] Revisit policy on terror, gov’t urged -RAPPLER.com

Revisit policy on terror, gov’t urged. by Amir S. Mawallil, RAPPLER.com March 7, 2012 ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Human rights groups are asking the government to re-evaluate its policy to crack down on the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), citing various human rights violations allegedly committed by security forces. “We have recorded a number of mistaken-identity…

[From the web] Confidence building -PhilStar.com

EDITORIAL – Confidence building The Philippine Star March 02, 2012 What happens when a member of the separatist Moro Islamic Liberation Front is “suspended” by its leadership? Does it include being temporarily disarmed? Will the suspended member follow the lead of MILF commander Ameril Umbra Kato and simply form a breakaway group? And who can…

[Statement] All Souls’ Day – www.find.org.ph

Every year on All Souls’ Day, we, the families of desaparecidos, having no tombs to visit and still hoping to be reunited with our missing kin alive or dead, gather at the Bantayog ng mga Desaparecido at the Baclaran church grounds to collectively remember and honor our loved ones. The shrine has been a mute…

[From the web] All-out war will divert attention from war on corruption – Akbayan

Akbayan: All-out war will divert attention from war on corruption Source: http://www.akbayan.org.ph/news/12-press-releases-press-releases/141-akbayan-all-out-war-will-divert-attention-from-war-on-corruption Akbayan Party today branded the call for an all-out war in Mindanao as a distraction in the government’s “war against corruption”. The group made the statement even as it called on the public to exercise sobriety over the Basilan clash that resulted in…

[Press Release] TFDP calls for an immediate resolution of the Habeas Corpus petition of a torture victim – TFDP

Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) is alarmed over the continued detention of Abdulkhan Balinting Ajid, a torture victim presently detained “for safekeeping purposes.” This was according to an order by Judge Leo Principe of the Regional Trial Court (RTC), Branch 1 of Isabela City, Basilan when Ajid’s captors surfaced him on July 27,…

[Statement] All out peace, not all out war! – NAPC-YS

NAPC-YS STATEMENT AGAINST AN ALL OUT WAR All out peace, not all out war! We condemn to the highest order the killing of the 19 soldiers in Al Barka, Basilan.  The senseless deaths of thousands of people and destruction since the beginning of the Mindanao conflict almost 40 years ago must stop. We mourn for…