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Duterte has Opportunity to Deliver on Indigenous Rights

Hundreds of indigenous people marched in the streets of Manila on Monday, demanding respect for their basic human rights. They called for the government of President Rodrigo Duterte to drop trumped-up charges brought by the previous administration against…
Children at a sports center in Tandag City, Philippines on September 13, 2015. Many tribal people sought refuge at the sports center after the paramilitary group Magahat attacked their villages and schools on September 1.
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Hundreds of Filipino children were barred from attending class when schools opened this week.
 
 The reason? The children have been living in shelters in Zamboanga City since their families fled fighting in the southern Philippines, and the…
Zamboanga East and West Central School, Zamboanga City, Philippines, 2013.
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Military Supporting Abusive Forces in Mindanao

(Manila) – The Philippine military has repeatedly stood aside while paramilitary forces have attacked indigenous villages and schools in the southern region of Mindanao, Human Rights Watch said today. These forces have committed killings, torture, forced…
Children at a sports center in Tandag City, Philippines on September 13, 2015. Many tribal people sought refuge at the sports center after the paramilitary group Magahat attacked their villages and schools on September 1.
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I approached the school—high in the hills of northern Luzon—with a bit of trepidation. It was late in the day, and schools that lack the joyous cacophony of children playing always seem a little eerie to me. I was also being cautious because my intent was…
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Military Use Risks Students Lives, Safety, Education

(New York) – The use of schools and other education institutions for military purposes by armed forces and non-state armed groups during wartime endangers students and their education around the world, said the Global Coalition to Protect Education from…
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Some valuable truths underlie Oplan Bayanihan, the Armed Forces of the Philippines’ 16-month-old internal peace and security plan. Chief among them are that the various insurgent groups in the Philippines are unlikely to be beaten by force alone, that…
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"We told the children not to enter the building because the soldiers had weapons everywhere,” an official explained as he pointed to the corner of a government office where the soldiers had stacked guns. The troops  had arrived in Gueday, a small village…
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Armed Forces Should Cease Military Use of Schools

(New York) – The Philippine armed forces should end its unlawful use of schools for military purposes, Human Rights Watch said today. During a recent eight-day investigation in the Cordillera Autonomous Region on northern Luzon island, Human Rights Watch…
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Strengthening the Security Council’s Response to Sexual Violence and Attacks on Education in Armed Conflict

For a full decade, the UN Security Council has addressed the severe abuses that children experience in armed conflict. Its response has included a series of six resolutions (1261, 1314, 1379, 1460, 1539, and 1612), the creation of a specialized working…