November 23, 2014     Philippines
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Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

‘Let children be’ | Manobo kids call to end militarization of tribal school

In Southern Mindanao region alone, the Children's Rehabilitation Center documented at least 41 instances of attacks on both DepEd schools and Lumad community learning centers since 2011.

Saturday, November 8th, 2014

Lumad students long for peace in their schools

“The soldiers came and burned our school. They said it was a school of the New People’s Army.” – Epoy, 19, a Manobo from Mindanao

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

‘Military attacks those who protect the environment’

“It is not true that soldiers on the ground are after rebels. They are really after civilians who are protecting their ancestral domains.” – Dulphing Ogan, secretary general of Kalumaran

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

‘Bakwet’ | Militarization triggers evacuation of 2,000 Lumads in Surigao del Sur

Armed men have killed two Lumads, ransacked a store, started fires, and knocked on houses, in the middle of military operations.

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Cordillera folk call for NCIP abolition

“Instead of protecting the indigenous peoples, the NCIP served as a bridge for the entry of destructive projects.”

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

2 Lumads killed, 2 missing in Caraga region

Two people were killed, while two went missing in three separate incidents during heavy military operations in Agusan del Sur and Surigao del Sur.

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

‘We will not be wiped out by dams’

The indigenous peoples in the Sierra Madre mountain range and other parts of the country are mounting opposition to the mega structures that threaten to wipe out not only their ancestral homes, but also their age-old culture...

Saturday, September 27th, 2014

Second generation of activists continue fight against Laiban dam

“I see the need to fight because we will lose our life, our livelihood and our culture. We’re doing this for the generations to come.” Arnel delos Santos, secretary general of Balatik

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

First UN conference on indigenous peoples mum on self-determination, state violence

“If States are really in good faith in adopting the UNDRIP and adhering to international human rights standards, why did they not accept and consider our proposal and call for an end to militarization of indigenous peoples...

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014

Paramilitary group displaces Manobo tribe

“It is evident that government forces had put civilians’ lives at risk and have also hampered the children’s right to education. Therefore, it is just to call for the military to immediately stop their operations in the...

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Arrested IP leader says he is ‘not in hiding, not guilty’

“I even attended this press conference and I am active most recently in relief missions for the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan),” said Genasque Enriquez.

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