Friday, May 22, 2015

International organizations appeal to Philippine Congress to honor peace agreement with the MILF

From the Website of MILF

International organizations appeal to Philippine Congress to honor peace agreement with the MILF

International organizations appeal to Philippine Congress to honor peace agreement with the MILF

Seventy eight (78) international organizations made an appeal to the Philippines’ House of Representatives and House of Senate to honor the peace agreement which the government signed with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). Hereunder is the complete text of their appeal:

The Philippines serves as a shining example in women’s participation in peace processes. The signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement on the Bangsamoro by the Government of the Philippines and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, and its Annex on revenue generation and wealth-sharing, which provides for the use of public funds for gender-specific development programmes and activities is attributed to women’s leadership in the peace negotiations and strong advocacy of women’s groups and other civil society actors.

Following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, the Philippine Congress has undergone deliberation on the Bangsamoro Basic Law which would turn the Comprehensive Peace Agreement into a law. The said law is expected to be adopted in the coming months. However, the killing of 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Forces and 19 civilians in a mis-encounter with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and its splinter group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Mamapasano town, Maguindanao, Southern Philippines on January 25, 2015 has put the peace process in jeopardy.  Some actors are taking advantage of the Mamapasano tragedy to undermine the trust between the government and the MILF. There are even some groups already calling for a halt to the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.

We, the undersigned organizations condemn this recent violence in Mamapasano town, Maguindanao province, Philippines. We call for a timely, transparent and thorough investigation and prosecution. At the same time, while the investigation and quest for justice is ongoing, we urge the Philippine Congress to complete their deliberation and adopt the Bangsamoro Basic law.  We express our solidarity and support to the Women Engaged in Action on the UN Security Council Resolution  1325 on Women, Peace and Security and other Filipino organizations as they call for observance of the confidence-building measures that the Government of the Philippines and the MILF agreed to undertake including the turning in of the first of MILF weapons to signal the start of the decommissioning process under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro’s  Annex on Normalization; and the holding of a joint security assessment for enhanced cooperation between the government and the MILF.

The international community continues to look up to the Philippines as a leader in the pursuit of peace and justice and in women’s participation in political and peace processes at all levels. It also stands ready to provide support in order to translate the words of the peace agreement into realistic actions. The Filipino people deserve nothing less than the fulfillment of the promise of long lasting peace.

The organizations that signed the appeal were the following:

1.      1325 Action Group – Nepal
2.      1325 Policy Group (1325 PG) – Sweden
3.      Acheh Women's League (LINA)- Indonesia
4.      African Women’s Active Nonviolence Initiatives for Social Change/COFERD – Democratic Republic of Congo
5.      Alola Foundation- Timor Leste
6.      Asia Justice and Rights (AJAR)
7.      Asian Muslim Action Network (AMAN)- Thailand
8.      Association Dea Dia – Serbia
9.      Association of War Affected Women – Sri Lanka
10.  Cadre Permanent de Concertation de la Femme Congolaise (CAFCO) – Democratic Republic of Congo
11.  Centre d’études sur la Justice et la Résolution 1325 (CJR 1325) – Democratic Republic of Congo
12.  Centro de Education e Investigación para la Paz (CEIPAZ) – Spain
13.  Cerue Konah Garlo (of Civil Society Media Leadership Program) – Liberia
14.  Coalition for Action on 1325 – Uganda
15.  Colectivo de Pensamiento y Acción Mujeres, Paz y Seguridad – Colombia
16.  Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) – South Sudan
17.  Cordaid – Nehterlands/International
18.  Corporación de Investigación y Acción Social y Económica (CIASE) – Colombia
19.  End Impunity Organization (EIO)- South Sudan
20.  Equatoria Women United in Kenya (EWUK)- Kenya
21.  EVE Organisation for Women Development – South Sudan
22.  Eye Radio- South Sudan
23.  FemLinkPACIFIC- Fiji
24.  Forum for Women and Development (FOKUS)- Norway
25.  Fountaine- ISOKO for Good Governance and the Integrated Development – Burundi
26.  Gender Equity and Women’s Leadership Program- South Sudan
27.  Global Justice Office (United Methodist Women)- USA/International
28.  Global Network of Women Peacebuilders – USA/International
29.  Human Rights Development Organisation (HURIDO)- Sudan
30.  Initiative Feminine pour la Defense des Droits Humains et le Developpment (IFDH-NGABO)- Democratic Republic of Congo
31.  ISIS International- Philippines
32.  Islamic Studies and Muslim Community Development for Peaceful Social Integration, Walailak University, Thailand- Thailand
33.  Justice for Women- United Kingdom
34.  Lisa International Limited – Kenya
35.  Media Advocacy Group – Nepal
36.  Naga Women Union – India
37.  National Alliance of Women’s Organisations (NAWO)- United Kingdom
38.  National Network for Beijing-Review Nepal (NNBN)- Nepal
39.  National Organization of Women – Sierra Leone
40.  Pacific Centre for Peacebuilding – Fiji
41.  PA SHAZET - Kyrgyzstan
42.  Rural Women’s Development and Unity Centre (RUWDUC)- Nepal
43.  Rural women's association (Alga) - Kyrgyzstan
44.  Rwanda Women’s Network
45.  Saathi – Nepal
46.  Samanata Institute for Social and Gender Equality- Nepal
47.  Sancharika Samuha – Nepal
48.  Sentro ng Alternatibong Lingap Panligal (SALIGAN)/ / Alternative Legal Assistance Center
49.  Society for Appraisal and Women Empowerment in Rural Areas (SAWERA)- Pakistan
50.  South Asia Forum for Human Rights (SAFHR)- India/South Asia
51.  South Sudan Friends International- South Sudan
52.  South Sudan Law Society (SSLS)- South Sudan
53.  South Sudanese Women Leaders for Peace
54.  South Sudanese Women Cry for Peace and Development,(SSWCFPD)
55.   South Sudanese Women Empowerment for Peace (SSuWEP)
56.  Strey Khmer Organization- Cambodia
57.  Supporting People and Rebuilding Communities of Chittagong, Hill Tracts- Bangladesh
58.  Synergie des Associations Feminines du Congo (SAFECO) – Democratic Republic of Congo
59.  Synergie des Femmes pour les Victimes de Violences Sexuelles (SFVS) – Democratic Republic of Congo
60.  Teso Women Peace Activists (TEWPA) – Uganda
61.  United Youth of the Philippines- Women, Inc. (UnYPhil-Women, Inc.)- Philippines
62.  Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights- USA/International
63.  Voice for Change- South Sudan
64.  Wi’am Palestinian Conflict Resolution and Transformation Center – Palestine
65.  Windows for South Sudan
66.  Women’s Action Network of Sri Lanka- Sri Lanka
67.  Women's Active Museum on War and Peace(WAM) - Japan
68.  Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR)- Philippines/International
69.  Women for Human Rights - Nepal
70.  Women and Media Collective- Sri Lanka
71.  Women’s Peace Initiatives- Cameroon
72.  Women Peace Network Arakan- Burma
73.  Women Peacemakers Program – Netherlands/International
74.  Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Democratic Republic of Congo
75.  Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) – Spain
76.  Women's Leadership Program - South Sudan
77.  Women’s Solidarity Fund – Armenia and UK
78.  Young Women’s Christian Association – International