Co-hosted by the Washington Peace Center, DC Justice for Muslims Coalition, GABRIELA DC, and the International Coalition for Human rights in the Philippines
The purpose of the forum, “The Human Rights Crisis in the Philippines, Advance the People’s Aspiration for Just Peace in the Philippines” is to provide an overview of the human rights situation in the country and expose the conditions of political prisoners and indigenous peoples, like the Lumad, to the international community in Washington, D.C. With this context we aim to raise the level of awareness and understanding of the ongoing peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). We aspire to build a network of support among peace and justice advocates who also face similar political oppression under Trump’s administration.
More than 7,000 alleged drug pushers and users have now been killed in President Duterte’s War on Drugs, which has been captured by mainstream media and the international community. In contrast, the armed conflict and the revival of the peace negotiations between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) has gone largely unnoticed in international press.
The pursuit and completion of these formal peace talks could have profound implications for Philippine society. Now more than ever, there is a need for increased international support for a just and lasting peace to address the root causes of armed conflict in the Philippines including landlessness, joblessness, lack of national industrialization and sovereignty, and ongoing political oppression.
We hope to form a broader formation with the Filipino American community, solidarity allies, and peace advocates, in Washington, D.C. to link the struggles of the people in the Philippines to the struggles of marginalized communities around the world. As Trump’s regime continues to criminalize immigrants, Muslims, women, and minority groups in the U.S., there is an urgent need to strengthen people to people movements for justice and true freedom.
Peace Tour 2017 will feature Cristina Palabay of Karapatan Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights, Dulphing Ogan of Kalumaran Alliance of Indigenous People Organizations in Mindanao, Josephine Pagalan of Kasalo Indigenous People’s Organization, Atty. Edre Olalia, legal consultant for the Peace Negotiating Panel of the NDFP in the Peace Talks with the Philippine government, and Christopher Hamera, a Global Mission Fellow of the General Board of Global Ministries of the United Methodist Church working with the Initiatives for Peace in Mindanao, serving Lumad children. Their profiles are herewith attached.
We look forward to your participation and presence at this event, and hope we can continue to build our solidarity and struggle for justice and peace globally.