JULY 16 2015
KARAPATAN-SOUTHERN MINDANAO REGION
CONTACT PERSON: HANIMAY SUAZO
DAVAO CITY- Human rights group Karapatan-SMR raised the human rights violations perpetrated by state elements under the US-Aquino regime in the International People’s Tribunal (IPT) to be held in Washington, D.C., from July 16-18.
Hanimay Suazo, secretary-general of Karapatan-SMR, said that the IPT is “an opportunity to bring into greater light the plight of millions of Filipinos through a few cases that serve to present the culture of impunity and fascism under the US- Aquino regime.”
Three participants from Southern Mindanao are due to highlight the issues in the region. Tungig Mansimuy-at, a lumad leader from Talaingod, is set to narrate the experiences of over 700 Manobos from Davao del Norte and Bukidnon. Ariel Casilao, leader of progressive labor group Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU), will present the human rights abuses against the labor sector in Southern Mindanao. Ronnie Garcia, administrator of the Salugpungan Ta Tanu Igkanugon Community Learning Center, an indigenous-peoples school, will show the state attacks against IP learning centers in the region.
Suazo expressed optimism, saying that “participants from the Southern Mindanao Region have been given the chance to narrate their experiences to the public. Rare are the chances, partly due to the state’s manipulation, that victims speak out and are given attention by the public. “
“As such, the international setting of the IPT will help people all over the world get a glimpse of those silenced by the state in the Philippines. We hope that action on the international level to address what abuses have been committed against these victims can be taken in the soonest time,” she added. ###