Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Hope for the Future

Civil Society Recommendations Regarding the Maguindanao Massacre of November 23, 2009

Cooling Off: The agreement by the aggrieved families, friends and relatives to a 30 day cooling-off period to allow the preliminary and impartial investigation into the killing. Preliminary findings should be released by law enforcement officials at the end of the 30 days in order to provide understanding into the incident and clarify further options for the victims.

Peoples Justice: Convening of a civil society work group to make preliminary recommendations related to this incident at the end of the 30 day period in the larger picture of justice practices (i.e. legal, indigenous, Islamic, restorative and transitional) and conflict transformation in Mindanao.

Reconciling and Truth-telling Commission: A Commitment of seed funds from local and global partners for the creation of a Peoples Commission on Reconciling and Truth-telling in Mindanao (Peoples CORT) under the auspices of the United Nations or another trusted International non-Governmental Organization. The recommendations of the aforementioned civil society work group will provide basis for the establishment of a truly Cultural Process addressing the just needs of victims and the wider community. This ideas has been discussed for too long, it’s time to give it wings.

Violence Prevention: Coordination between the Philippine National Police, Philippine Army and other law enforcement investigating the incident with the Joint Coordinating Committee for the Cessation of Hostilities (JCCCH) in order to prevent inadvertent hostilities with the MILF or other armed groups.

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