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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General Assembly Informal Interactive Dialogue on the Responsibility to Protect Statement by Mr. Gus Miclat, International Coalition for the Responsibility to Protect
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.
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.
Gus Miclat, of Initiatives for International Dialogue, provides context to the evolving call for federalism in the Philippines as pushed by the current administration of newly-elected President Rodrigo Duterte. Gus also explains how the BBL could have been an initial expression of self-governance for the long-suffering and neglected Moro people, had the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) been passed by the Senate.
The articles published in this issue highlight the TRANSITIONAL JUSTICE as an overarching theme. Transitional justice is not only a timely concern in a number of countries experiencing post-conflict or post-authoritarian transitions, in which IID and our partners are active. It also allows for a confluence of all the issues lying at the core of IID’s work. Peace and human security, self-determination, human rights and democratization are concerns that underpin transitional justice issues.
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.