JustPeacePH: The People’s Agenda for a Justand Lasting Peace
The first round of talks between the Government ofthe Philippines (GRP) and the National DemocraticFront of the Philippines (NDFP) has beensuccessfully concluded this August past. A six-pointagreement was signed in Oslo, Norway and the nextround of talks are already scheduled in earlyOctober, also in Oslo.
The next agenda to be tabled will be aComprehensive Agreement on Social and EconomicReforms (CASER), which would address the roots ofthe armed conflict and would be the main frameworkfor a just and lasting peace. Both the GRP andNDFP have declared an indefinite unilateralceasefire amongst their armed forces, the PhilippineNational Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of thePhilippines (AFP) and the New People’s Army(NPA), respectively.
Why are there peace talks happening in thePhilippines?
A civil war has been happening in the Philippinessince 1969, the longest armed revolution in Asia. Historical and systemic injustice and oppressionexperienced by the majority of the Filipino peoplehave driven many Filipinos to seek fundamentalsocietal changes through armed struggle. That civilwar continues throughout the country today.
The UK and Western media have been full of stories about the controversial statements of the newPhilippine President, about his war on drugs and his insults against the President of the US, among other things. On the other hand, there had been virtually no international media attention given to the peace talks which the Duterte government has agreed to restart, much less the comprehensive 15-pointPeople’s Agenda for Change that was presented toPresident Duterte the day he was sworn in. This Program for Nationalist and Progressive Change and a more detailed Agenda for the First 100 Dayscovers five major areas: Economy, Social Policy, Governance, Peace and Human Rights, andNational Sovereignty and Foreign Policy.
PUBLIC FORUM ON THE PHILIPPINE PEACETALKS
It is in this light that the Campaign for Human Rightsin the Philippines UK, under the platform ofJustPeacePH, an international platform that aims to support a just and lasting peace in the Philippines, are planning to hold a public forum with the following objectives:
– To raise awareness about the peace talks betweenthe GRP and NDFP insofar as addressing the rootcauses of the armed conflict and pushing for a justand lasting peace through the introduction of a comprehensive socio-economic reforms for the Filipino people.
-To encourage Filipino migrant engagement and participation in the peace talks by putting forward their peace agenda to both panels.
-To garner support and solidarity from the British public and the international community for the success of the peace talks.
Campaign for Human Rights in the Philippines CHRP UK
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