Subject:  Impunity non-stop: Forced evacuation, killings strike Lumads in North Minda anew

Date:  Sun, 17 Aug 2014 23:48:54 +0800

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Impunity non-stop: Forced evacuation, killings strike Lumads in North Minda anew

There has been no let up in the violations of Human Rights committed against indigenous peoples in Northern Mindanao . Another slain lumad leader and the consequent community evacuation adds to the already long list of rights abuses committed by the army’s 4th ID under Palparan protégé, Ricardo Visaya.

Since August 10, 2014, more than 30 indigenous Talandig and Manobo families comprising of more than 160 individuals from Sitio Mintakei , Lydia of La Paz town in Agusan del Sur province have fled their homes after being harassed by the elements of the paramilitary group, Bagani Force, and soldiers of the 26th Infantry Battalion. The evacuees, mostly members of local IP organization Pigdiwatahan, are currently in Libon , Lydia . Of the 30 families, 15 are still hiding in the surrounding forests.

On August 1, the organization received a letter from Benhur Mansulunay and Balbino Andaya, both leaders of the Paramilitary Bagani Force, forcing them to sign the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with mining firm Malampay mining company. The paramilitary leaders said that if the leaders of the community refuse to sign the MOA, the Bagani Force will launch a “pangayaw” against the residents of Sitio Mintakei, as well the other Sitios of Libon and Liwangwangan whose residents also rejected the MOA. (read more…)

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