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Dabawenyos join International Peace day celebration

In part an expression of solidarity with the victims of the Roxas bombing, Gus Miclat of the Initiatives for Internationl Dialogue helped local groups organize the “Barug Dabaw: Barug Kalinaw” International Day of Peace observance in Davao City last September 21. Davao City’s history of dealing with violent acts and attacks from the past (Martial Law) to the present (Roxas bombing), served as the backdrop in showing the world Davao’s resiliency and continuing desire for peace. A combination silent-march, solidarity dinner with the vendor community of Roxas and the “Huni sa Kalinaw” peace concert capped the one-day event.

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Video: Gus at “PIA Kapihan” about Davao’s September 21 Peace Day events

Gus Miclat, of Initiatives for International Dialogue, which also serves as secretariat for the All-Out Peace platform, explains the objectives and value for the “Barug Dabaw, Barug Mindanaw” day of peace observance slated for September 21.

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General Assembly Informal Interactive Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect Statement by Mr. Gus Miclat, International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect

As these past and ongoing situations from my region all too clearly show, one of the most perplexing obstacles that RtoP faces is the failure to invest in prevention. As the Secretary-General iterated, rhetorical support for atrocity prevention itself does not protect populations from atrocity crimes. A failure to turn commitments into concrete action not only costs innocent lives, but also forces the international community to fall back on coercive measures, which are costlier to mobilize and themselves can have destructive effects. The ICRtoP appeals to States to recommit to the prevention of atrocities by taking concerted action to institutionalize preventive measures and policies at the national, regional, and international levels.

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EMPOWERING TRUE PEACE.

Today August 13, marks the first official meeting in Malaysia between the peace panels of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). It will be the first of many meetings expected to be convened not only for the MILF peace process, but for the other peace tables set with other non-state armed actors (NSAs) of the Philippines. This first meeting is undertaken less than fifty days after the administration of the 16th Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte was inaugurated. Led by the President’s words and call for action, the various departments and offices have followed suit in seeking ways and means to fast-track changes to national governance processes, striving to eliminate red tape, bureaucracy and stifling corruption, and ensure that the least served are no longer ignored.

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It’s IID’s 28th Anniversary.

Established in 1988, the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID) is a Philippines-based advocacy institution promoting human security, democratization and people-to-people solidarity. IID conducts policy advocacy and campaign programs on Burma, Mindanao, Southern Thailand, West Papua, and East Timor. It established the Asia-Pacific Coalition for East Timor (APCET) in 1994 that spearheaded a regional people’s solidarity movement for the then occupied nation.

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