Thursday, November 8, 2012

Govt closely tracking HR compliance by communist rebels

From InterAksyon (Nov 8): Govt closely tracking HR compliance by communist rebels

The Philippine government has vowed to intensify its efforts to ensure human rights compliance in the ongoing conflict with the Communist Party of the Philippines/New People's Army/National Democratic Front (CPP/NPA/NDF). An inter-agency group, called the Complaint Monitoring Working Group (CMWG), was convened to document, investigate and if possible prosecute human rights violators both from the government side and the CPP/NPA/NDF side. The CMWG is composed of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, the Department of Justice, the Philippine National Police, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Commission on Human RIghts. The CMWG will receive, gather, file and record complaints related to violations of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL). It will also investigate complaints either through the PNP or AFP and prosecute suspects through the DOJ. Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Deles said the group will only handle complaints related to the CPP/NPA/NDF conflict....

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