20February

PCID attends ASEAN CSO leaders’ meeting with the US Nat’l Security Adviser at the White House

The Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy (PCID) joined the meeting of United States National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice with the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) from the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) member countries held at the White House in USA last February 11, 2016.

PCID President Amina Rasul, peace and human rights activist, represented the organization in the gathering where they discussed U.S. Rebalance to Asia, which is centered on civil society, good governance and human rights; recognition and respect to universal rights and fundamental freedoms; and expansion of space for civil society.

The meeting provided critical inputs for the recent U.S.-ASEAN Leaders Summit set in Sunnylands Retreat, California.  Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III was one of the ASEAN head of states present in the summit.

US National Security Council Spokesperson Ned Price related in a Statement last Thursday (Feb 11) that Ambassador Rice reiterated the United States’ steadfast commitment to sustaining and supporting civil society in Southeast Asia and around the world, including through the President’s (Obama) Stand with Civil Society initiative.

The participants were civil society leaders from ASEAN member states who are advocates of women’s rights, civil-political rights, LGBTI rights, religious freedom, justice and accountability, and pro-environment economic development.

Rasul imparted in the meeting the initiatives of PCID in supporting the Bangsamoro peace process and strengthening the sectors of Ulama, Aleemat and Muslim women peace advocates to help in the  drive to curb the emerging violent extremism in the Philippines.

The PCID is a Non-Government Organization advocating human rights, women’s rights, environmental protection, and improvement of Madaris education.

The group has been actively engaged in Interfaith Dialogues, initiatives supporting the Mindanao peace processes and campaign against violent extremism.