Moro CSOs leaders in Socsksargen to engage in monitoring human rights violations

Amidst the ongoing enforcement of Martial Law in Southern Philippines, Moro Civil Society Organizations leaders and peace advocates from the provinces of South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City (Socsksargen) Area are working out the formation of body that will engage in monitoring incidents of human rights violations.

In a group conversation in a social media, the Moro CSO leaders, university instructors and peace advocates are tackling how they will be able to create a pool of volunteers from among themselves who will check for any reported incidents of commission of human rights violations particularly among any of the Moro constituents of the region.

Proponents of this initiative were the participants of the Consultation-Dialogue on Peace, Human Rights and Security held at Sun City Suites in General Santos City last Thursday (July 13) hosted by the Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS).

They discussed during the consultation updates on the Bangsamoro Peace Processes, Martial Law, and other issues affecting the Bangsamoro people. 

For them, unity among Muslim leaders is one important factor that can contribute to the realization of the aspirations of the Bangsamoro people for lasting peace and sustainable development.

They are hopeful that the implementation of Martial Law would not be like during the stint of the late dictator President Ferdinand Marcos.

The Philippine Congress had just approved the extension of Martial Law up the December 31, 2017.

Mindanao State University Professor Isnira Baguinda suggested the name “Moro Leaders Council of Socsksargen” for the group. She cited that the organization should be neutral and inclusive of all Moro tribes.