“This is our government’s worst kind of Filipino hospitality—that it should demolish the houses of the poor people just because we have foreign visitors coming by December. By doing so, the Philippines betrays the vision of the ASEAN which is to build a sharing and caring Asean community,”said Gus Miclat, executive director of the Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID), in reaction to the reports of demolition of houses in Cebu City in preparation for the 12th Asean Summit in December.
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“Including Burma in the UNSC agenda is indeed a major victory for the International democratic community and civil society movements who have been campaigning for the return of democracy in Burma for so many years now. But let us not be complacent. What we have won is just a single battle in this tedious war against the illegal regime in Rangoon.”
AT A TIME Timor-Leste has just emerged from socio-political turmoil that threatened its fledgling democratic institutions, a Davao-based advocacy and solidarity organization will co-anchor a four-day solidarity and democracy mission to the world’s youngest nation. The mission is set on 27 – 30 August 2006.
Three regional and international civil society networks who are involved in solidarity work, conflict prevention, and democracy protection and sustenance are set to conduct a joint solidarity and democracy mission to Timor Leste.
COTABATO CITY (MindaNews/22 April) — The Mindanao Peoples Caucus, a broad tri-people network of organizations and individuals advocating peace and dialogue among peoples of Mindanao, is convening its 2nd General Assembly amid expectations from the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) that the group can contribute much to the peace process.
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.