An international human rights coalition, the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines (ICHRP), has expressed its support for the resumption of peace talks between the Government of the Republic of the Philippines (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP). This comes as a positive step towards the return to the peace process, as highlighted by the Oslo Communiqué signed on November 23.
The ICHRP joins the Filipino people in amplifying the call for the resumption of peace talks between the GRP and the NDFP. In a statement of support posted on its website and social media platforms, the coalition emphasizes the significance of this development, particularly as it coincides with the first death anniversary of Jose Maria Sison, the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the chief political consultant for the NDFP.
ICHRP chairman Peter Murphy acknowledges the importance of this moment, stating, “It is a fitting development because today marks one year since the passing of former NDFP Chief Political Consultant Professor Jose Maria Sison, who dreamt of a just and lasting peace for his motherland. He played a key role in peace negotiations between the NDFP and GRP through several decades.”
The coalition emphasizes that the passage of the Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (Caser), which constitutes the bulk of the peace agenda, is pivotal for the upcoming rounds of negotiations scheduled for next year. The successful negotiation of Caser will lay the foundation for addressing the social and economic issues that have fueled the conflict.
While the ICHRP remains hopeful that the peace negotiations in 2024 will yield positive outcomes, the coalition also emphasizes its commitment to exposing and opposing any violations of human rights and international humanitarian law occurring in the Philippines. The international community is closely monitoring the actions of the government of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., and the ICHRP will continue to hold them accountable.
Last November, the government and the NDFP agreed to hold new peace talks in order to put an end to the conflict between the two sides. The resumption of these talks is seen as a significant step towards achieving a peaceful and just resolution.
The ICHRP’s support for the resumption of peace talks reflects the international community’s recognition of the importance of dialogue and negotiation in resolving conflicts. By advocating for the inclusion of social and economic reforms in the peace agenda, the coalition recognizes that addressing the root causes of the conflict is crucial for achieving a sustainable and lasting peace.
As the negotiations progress, it is important for all parties involved to engage in open and constructive dialogue, taking into account the concerns and aspirations of the Filipino people. This requires a commitment to respect human rights and adhere to international humanitarian law.
The ICHRP’s support serves as a reminder that the international community stands in solidarity with the Filipino people in their pursuit of peace and justice. The resumption of peace talks presents an opportunity to address the grievances and build a better future for all.
While challenges may arise along the way, the commitment to dialogue and negotiation remains essential. The ICHRP’s support for the resumption of peace talks in the Philippines is a testament to the power of collective action and the belief that a peaceful resolution is possible.
Source: The Manila Times