Posted by: kawagib | December 2, 2008

KAWAGIB launches ‘8-day Countdown to International Human Rights Day; challenges gov’t to pull-out troops, back to nego table

COTABATO CITY – The KAWAGIB Moro Human Rights Organization here dares Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s government to pull-out troops still in offensives in the bailiwick areas of Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) as its ‘confidence building measure before going back to peace talks.  

 

Attacks against civilians intensified and human rights violations mounted after Arroyo government deployed about half of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) troops and launched military offensives against MILF commanders Kato, Bravo and Pangalian.

 

Innocent civilians fear to return homes for their houses were burned and communities were made as military camps like Barangay Dapiawan of Datu Saudi Ampatuan in Maguindanao.

 

The government needs to pull-out its troops to show sincerity after it dissolved its GRP Peace Panel, abandoned the agreed and signed Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MoA-AD) and declared All-Out War Policy. The group also condemns the huge military budget allotted for militarization compared to amount extended for relief to civilians affected by war.

 

The government had extended only P130.9 million or P218 every evacuee while allotted P500 million to pursue MILF commanders. The bounty of three commanders cost P25 million alone. The amount extended for evacuees’ relief did not even reach half compared to damage cost due to aerial bombing and mortar shelling that already reached P258.3 million.

 

Together with Suara Bangsamoro and Liga ng Kabataang Moro, KAWAGIB launches protest action Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at the City Plaza here and formally launched the ‘8-Day Countdown to International Human Rights Day.’ The group calls for justice and indemnification to all victims of human rights violations and put a halt to the on-going war in Mindanao .

 

“Civilians had suffered so much and their five-month stay in evacuation centers is tough bases for the government and MILF to return to negotiating table. The Moro people hope that the government would be sincere this time, said Bai Ali Indayla, the group’s spokesperson.

 

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