One of the network’s primary objectives is the monitoring of the compliance of the two signatory parties to the CARHRIHL. Sulong CARHRIHL will document violations by both parties of human rights and international humanitarian law with its partner organizations, particularly the Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP), with whom Sulong CARHRIHL collaborated in 2007 to develop documentation templates and a database of documented cases.
Through the documentation and monitoring program, Sulong CARHRIHL aims to:
Develop the database as a source for alternative reports on human rights and international humanitarian law violations for comparison with the periodic reports the government submits to the international community.
Formulate appropriate interventions or actions for the victims of CARHRIHL violations. Though SULONG CARHRIHL will not file cases on behalf of the victims, we will help them seek protection and justice.
Use the data gathered for advocacy, education and policy intervention in order to prevent further violations of the CARHRIHL.
Public forums and/or consultations are held in affected communities and/or with prospective partners in different provinces, especially those affected by the armed conflict. In these events, the network and its work are introduced to participants. The local situation or specific concerns of the community or organization are discussed. Communities and partner organizations are encouraged to undertake advocacy, preventive action and monitoring of the observance of CARHRIHL. Activities that will address violations or respond to pressing concerns are planned.
The need to hold such consultations was identified in the network’s National Strategizing workshop held in February 2006. Consultations were identified as a means to build new partnerships to expand the peace and human rights constituency nationwide and develop the capacity to respond to the impact of the armed conflict.
Sulong CARHRIHL builds partnership in Arakan and Davao (Miriam Coronel Ferrer)
Sulong CARHRIHL’s involvement in Arakan, North Cotabato began in February 2006 when Bae Magdalena Suhat, a Manobo-Matitsalog tribal leader, requested assistance to facilitate the return of seven families to their communities. The heads of the seven families applied to join the government’s Citizens Armed Forces Geographic Unit (CAFGU). Although they were not recruited, they feared retaliation from the New People’s Army (NPA). Thus, they decided to stay in Kidapawan for the time being.
Bae Magdalena was part of the delegation of the Mindanao People’s Peace Movement (MPPM), which visited the UP CIDS Program on Peace, Democratization and Human Rights. A case documentation was made by Sulong Secretariat chair Jovy Reyes, and arrangements were made to hold a consultation in Kidapawan.