(1 July – Dili) – “The Indonesian military raped women to subdue Timorese men, to reduce the commitment of combatants to the struggle for independence,” Ms Lita Sarmento shared at the international meeting held on 30 June to 1 July 2010 in UNMIT Obrigado Barracks in Dili. She said this after Ms Shadia Marhaban reported on the impact on women in Aceh of the 30-year conflict between the Indonesian Government and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). “In one village (in Aceh), 40 women were raped. It was a strategy of the Indonesian military to cripple the Movement,” Ms Marhaban elaborated.
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Davao City – While the GRP-MILF peace panels negotiated for an interim agreement in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in the last two days, the Mindanao PeaceWeavers (MPW) was also brewing a document called the Mindanao People’s Peace Agenda (MPPA) that they plan to offer to the two negotiating panels as Mindanao civil society’s blueprint towards a common peace platform.
Davao City – In the run-up to the May 2010 national elections, around 60 community leaders of the BangsaMoro, Lumad and settlers from all over Mindanao are gathered today to discuss the directions of the peace process and how civil society will engage the incoming administration this year.
The gathering, dubbed “Peoples’ Peace Assembly” will launch the MPW People’s Peace Agenda (MPPA), the flagship project of the Mindanao Peaceweavers (MPW). MPW is a convergence of peace advocates in Mindanao which was conceived in 2003 by seven peace networks in the spirit of cooperation and concerted action towards a common peace advocacy platform.
Davao City, Philippines—In celebration of the International Women’s Month this March, the Philippine government has issued Executive Order 865 creating the national steering committee on Women, Peace and Security. EO 865 adopts the National Action Plan of the United Nations Security Council Resolution (UN SCR) 1325 that specifically addresses the impact of war on women, and women’s contributions to conflict prevention and sustainable peace.
Human rights advocates from across the country will convene for a public forum on March 3, 2010 at the University of the Philippines in Diliman to explore perspectives on human rights and the international humanitarian law.
The forum on Republic Act 9851 or the Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Other Crimes Against Humanity will discuss the emerging issues surrounding the law’s implementation.
The forum will also explore perspectives from Mindanao where the Maguindanao massacre took place and where civilian women were killed along with lawyers and journalists, and then bur
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.