EDITORIAL


COVER STORY


- A Precious Gift to Humanity

INTERNATIONAL SOLIDARITY

- The Other Side of the Kingdom

- Convention Now!
AFAD FEDEFAM
Together Now!


- Tying the Future with the Past

- Getting Back on Track


 INTERNATIONAL LOBBY

- Still Fighting

- In Memory of the Disappeared

- The Power
 of One


PHOTO ESSAY

- Protect All Persons From Enforced Disappearances

NEWS FEATURES

- Building on Niloís Legacy

- Filipinos Fight Against Disappearances

- Justice Suspended

- The Munir Murder - Another Case of Impunity

STATEMENTS
/REPRINTS

- FEDEFAM Statement...

- An Open Statement to the GRP and NDFP Panels ...

- Parvez Imrozí Award...

Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances

Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances
 


Asian Federation Against Involuntary Disappearances

STATEMENTS

 

 

An Open Statement
(Peace Process Between GRP and NDFP)

 

We, the independent observers of the Joint Monitoring Committee (JMC) that monitors the compliance of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) with the CARHRIHL (Comprehensive Agreement for the Respect of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law) came together for a meeting held on May 26, 2006 at the Richmonde Hotel, Pasig City, Metro Manila. As GRP and NDFP observers, we jointly reflected on the continuing socio-economic and political crisis taking hold of the country and its implications to the peace process between the GRP and the NDFP.

The current socio-economic and political crisis, exacerbated by the string of unsolved cases of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances of leaders and members of peoplesí organizations, journalists, lawyers, members of the religious and ordinary civilians, is clearly an extended and worsening situation of unpeace. This sad and untenable situation once more points to the urgency for both the GRP and the NDFP to return to the negotiating table in order to stem this evil tide, and address once again the roots of the internal conflict that continues to affect national life.

Before human life and dignity is further cheapened by the smug impunity by which men in ski masks and motorcycles shoot and kill their selected targets at close range, it is time that the GRP and the NDFP go back to the letter and the spirit of the CARHRIHL, an instrument of peace which both parties signed in 1998 and committed themselves to fulfill.

It has been two years since the formal establishment of the CARHRIHL Joint Monitoring Committee. While unilaterally, the monitoring committees of both parties have been working hard in the areas of promotion and education, much remains to be seen in terms of concrete joint actions to ensure compliance with CARHRIHL.

Alarmed by the present situation of unpeace in our land, we hereby present the following concerns to the GRP and NDFP Panels as well as to the JMC:

 

  • 1. We are convinced of the urgency of holding a JMC meeting so that it can address the cases submitted by victims whose hopes we have raised with the establishment of the Committee in 2004. We encouraged them then to file human rights violation cases against the GRP and the NDFP. Until when shall we let them wait? Almost every day, we wake up to the sad news of killings, abductions, and ambushes that often involve innocent civilians. Time is of the essence. The JMC must be convened at the soonest possible time.

  • 2. We believe in the urgent need for both parties to return to the negotiating table to discuss both the immediate and long-term agenda that will address the socio-economic and political roots of the conflict. The circumstances that prevented the two parties to resume formal talks are not about to change that easily. The violations of human rights, however, continue unabated. Are these not important enough for both parties to come to the table and talk? As parties to the CARHRIHL, will neither GRP nor NDFP take the high moral ground and make the first steps back to the path of peace?

  • We, the observers of the JMC, believe that our concerns reflect the aspirations of the Filipino people for a peaceful resolution of this conflict. While we are aware of the impediments to peace, we remain hopeful that both parties truly have the welfare of the people at heart. We still like to think that both parties will not continue to just look on as the cycle of violence plays daily before the eyes of the citizens.

    We are also concerned that the alarming phenomenon of unresolved killings and abductions is putting the Philippine Government in the ranks of human rights violators, ironically, at this time when it has just been elected as a member of the recently-established United Nations Human Rights Council.

     

    SGD.

     

    MARIE HILAO-ENRIQUEZ

    BISHOP TOMAS MILLAMENA

    MERCEDES CONTRERAS-DANNENBERG

     

    MARY AILEEN DIEZ- BACALSO

     

     The Voice

    Vol. VI No.1 November 2006

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