Friday, February 24, 2017

MILF welcomes plan to create NTJRCB



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MILF welcomes plan to create NTJRCB


The Moro Islamic Liberation Front  (MILF) expressed its appreciation over the plan to create the National Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission on the Bangsamoro (NTJRCB).
During the public of launch of reports on February 22 at the MILF’s Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, MILF Peace Implementing Panel Chairman Mohagher Iqbal said that they “truly appreciate and welcome” the statement of GPH Peace Implementing Panel Chairwoman Irene Santiago that the government of President Duterte will soon organize the NTJRCB.
Santiago, who was also present during the event, made the announcement earlier on Monday in Makati City and reiterated the same in the presence of MILF officials led by its Chairman Alhaj Murad Ebrahim. 


The creation of the NTJRCB is the foremost recommendation made in the 125-page main Report of the TJRC which was turned over to the GPH and MILF Panels in February 2016 in Malaysia. 

Wednesday’s public launch saw another turn-over of additional reports to both Panels by the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC). The two reports were called Land Report and Listening Process Report.

Chairman Ebrahim described the reports as “excellent” and expressed hope that they would serve their purposes.

Ebrahim even said that transitional justice and reconciliation are the “real solutions” to the Mindanao conflict.

“The work of the TJRC is like a doctor diagnosing a grave disease. Dealing with the past does not mean igniting emotions. But we have to know what really happened in the past to truly understand the conflict and cure the disease,” Ebrahim explained on why such a sensitive issue as transitional justice has been pursued by both the MILF and the government. 

He said the Reports accomplished by the TJRC should be used in resolving the conflict. 
Iqbal made a request to his counterpart in the GPH Panel that the MILF should be given the chance to participate in crafting the text of the executive order or law that would create the NTJRCB. 

The TJRC, created by both parties in the Annex on Normalization, is tasked to "undertake a study and recommend to the Panels the appropriate mechanisms to address legitimate grievances of the Bangsamoro people, correct historical injustices, and address human rights violations and marginalization through land dispossession, towards healing and reconciliation."

It is headed by Dr. Mo Bleeker, special envoy of the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs. The MILF and GPH each have one nominee to the commission which would last up to the signing of the Exit Agreement.




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