Sulong CARHRIHL News

PEACEtahan, Sulong CARHRIHL’s youth peace awareness campaign, finally hit The Outpost Cafe, Cebu on Friday, November 16 with DAKILA (Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism) and student leaders from the University of Southern Philippines, UP Visayas, University of San Carlos, and Cebu Normal University. Hosted by Tado, Lourd de Veyra and Cathy Cerillo, the night was a lively mix of performance art and reggae/world music from artists Island Joe, Exo, Skanky Muggles, Sining Dilaab, and Junior Kilat.

cathy_and_tadoSulong IP Partners in Public Dialogue with GRP, stakeholders

Representatives of various indigenous peoples (IP) groups in Luzon engaged in dialogue on November 15, 2007 with officers of the Government of the Republic of the Philippines Negotiating Panel, the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and other stakeholders in the GRP-NDF conflict.

The public dialogue was a culmination of a three-day workshop on the indigenous peoples’ experiences and conflict resolution practices in the midst of the frequent military-NPA clashes in their communities.

Delegates from Kalinga, Abra, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Camarines Norte, Aurora, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro shared the devastating effects of the armed conflict on their ancestral land, youth, women, livelihood, and their indigenous culture, and voiced their collective appeal for their tribes’ neutrality in the GRP-NDF tensions.

img_1778In photo, left to right: Noel Ongoco, Peace Institution Development Office, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (PIDO, OPAPP); Dahlia Dait-Caweg, Office of Empowerment and Human Rights , National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (OEHR, NCIP); Dr. Abe Padilla, AnthroWatch; Paulynn Sicam, OPAPP-GRP Panel; Pablo Rey Fuentes, United Nations Development Programme-Conflict Prevention and Peace Building Program (UNDP CPPB)
PEACEtahan, Sulong CARHRIHL’s youth peace awareness campaign, rocked The Penguin Bar, Malate Friday, October 26 with DAKILA (Philippine Collective for Modern Heroism) and guest artists Drip, Color it Red, Toyo, Bobby Balingit, and Free All.

PEACEtahan sa Penguin is the first of a series of lecture-concerts on peace and human rights. Check out the Sulong Youth Webpage for pictures of the event, details about the youth campaign and how to join the poster/informercial/ music video contest.

Sulong CARHRIHL and the NZ Human Rights Commission

Representatives from Sulong CARHRIHL and the Philippine Commission on Human Rights met with New Zealand Human Rights and Race Relations Senior Advisor Dr. Jill Chrisp at the UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies last September 3, 2007 to discuss possible areas of partnership with the NZ Human Rights Commission.

One of the highlights of the meeting was a discussion on the different ways of working with indigenous peoples’ (IP) communities. Dr. Chrisp has worked closely with the New Zealand Maori since the seventies, and Sulong CARHRIHL campaigns for upholding human rights and international humanitarian law among Philippine IPs in provinces affected by the GRP-NDF armed conflict. Sulong is also at present conducting research on indigenous conflict prevention and resolution practices in Luzon IP communities. DR

In photo, left to right: Darlene Ramos, Sulong CARHRIHL Advocacy and Research Officer; Prof. Miriam Ferrer, Sulong CARHRIHL lead convener; Efipania Garay of the Philippine Commission on Human Rights (CHR); Joeven Reyes, Sulong CARHRIHL Head of Secretariat, Dr. Jill Chrisp, Senior Advisor on Human Rights and Race Relations, NZ Human Rights Commission; and Atty. Jacqueline Mejia, Philippine CHR Executive Director.