Groups call on GPH, MILF to address Moro human rights issues

MEMBERS of three progressive organizations together with the relatives of the Moro political detainees on Monday called on the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to include the issue of Moro human rights as one of priority concerns in the confidence building measures in the peace negotiations.

The Moro-Christian Peoples Alliance ( MCPA ), the Free Basilan 73 (FB73) and the Liga ng Kabataang Moro (LKM) issued the call in the light of the upcoming resumption of peace talks between the MILF and GPH on February 9. 2011 in Kuala Lumpur.

The groups also trooped to the office of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) in Ortigas Center to formally present to Atty. Marvic Leonen,head of the GPH Peace Negotiating Panel, the issue of Moro political detainees,victims of arbitrary arrests and illegal detention.

According to Tony Liongson, MCPA National Coordinator, “The series of military operations in Moro communities during the Arroyo administration have victimized innocent Moro individuals and families. Thousands of individuals were displaced. Hundreds have become victims of human rights violations. Sadly, these violations continue to the present”

The groups called on Leonen to facilitate the immediate review of all cases of Moro political detainees,victims of arbitrary and illegal arrests. They also submitted a list of these detainees.

“The review of cases should not be limited only to the 25 MILF detainees submitted by the MILF to GPH panel. There are almost a hundred detainees who are not recognized members of the MILF but are in fact innocent civilians tagged as terrorist and made as sacrificial lambs in the altar of the governments “war on terror” Liongson added

The groups also highlighted the particular cases of Patta Jahal Hoyo and Muhamadiya Hamja as concrete cases of the violations of the human rights on the Moro people in guise of “anti terror”.

Hoyo was falsely accused as one of the kidnappers of 10 workers in the Golden Harvest Plantation incident in Barangay Tairan, Lantawan, Basilan in June 11, 2001 and the kidnapping of civilians and nurses from the Dr. Jose Torres Hospital in Lamitan in June 2, 2001. This incident happened when Hoyo was only an elementary and barely 11 years old.

Muhamadiya Hamja was accused as member of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) involved in the kidnapping activities of the group. His cases was dismissed. Unfortunately Hamja was re-arrested on November 28, 2008 and is presently on trial for the same case.

“We believe that the recognition of human rights; and justice and indemnification of victims of human rights violations should be given priority and addressed in the negotiations. We cannot talk about peace without addressing first the issue of human rights violations by the past regime”, said Liongson.

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