Our Rights, Our Peace

arakanbmp1Sulong CARHRIHL is a nationwide network of individuals, organizations, institutions, and programs who uphold human rights and international humanitarian law as a means to build a just and lasting peace.

We believe in active conflict prevention through education, vigilance, engagement and long-term peace and human rights norm-building. As a “third-party” network, we maintain our autonomy. We will campaign for the observance and implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL) by the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) in order to prevent violations. We will help human rights victims seek protection and justice, and ensure that the processes and structures of the CARHRIHL are responsive.

Our co-convenors include academic and religious institutions, peace and human rights groups, development NGOs, and various coalitions. The first regional chapter in Bicol, Southern Luzon is led by the Bicol Regional Social Action Centers (BRSACs). Provincial partners and chapters in Mindoro and the Visayas islands, in the Cordilleras and other parts of the country provide the backbone of its national network. A Sulong CARHRIHL Youth Arm mobilizes young people to have a stake in peace and human rights.

Institutions and individuals are welcome to join the network based on the principle of inclusiveness and criteria of self-acknowledged autonomy and independence.