Dr. Chaloka Beyani, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Internally Displaced People (IDP) met with 36 Indigenous People from Tampakan and Lake Sebu (South Cotabato), Kiblawan (Davao Sur), Maasim and Malungon (Sarangani) and Bagumbayan (Sultan Kudarat).

Also present were: United Nations Commission on Human Rights (Geneva – Switzerland, Manila and Mindanao) – 7; Philippine Commission on Human Rights, Regions XI and XII – 6; SAC-Marbel – 10 and others – 5.

Total participants in the meeting on July 25, 2015, AVR, NDMU-IBED Campus, Koronadal City: 64.

Main Agendum: interview with IPs regarding human rights violations in their territories.

On 26 July 2015, Dr. Chaloka Beyani met with civil society at Fred Ans Restaurant, Odi Osmeña St., Koronadal City.

Bishop Dinualdo welcomed the participants.

Dr. Chaloka Beyani spoke on the objectives of his country mission: (1) protection and assessment of persons displaced by development projects, conflicts, etc.; (2) look into Tampakan Copper and Gold Projects: risks, protection of IPs; (3) rights of IPs to self-determination, life, identity, psychological and spiritual rights; (4) establish linkages and network with displaced persons.

Fr. Gillarme Joy Peliño, Executive Director, SAC Marbel, Sr. Susan Bolanio, OND, Executive Director, OND-HESED and Timuay Sannie Bello, Mindanao Peoples Peace Movement, Teduray Leader, Upi, made presentations on IP Situations.

Participants: OND-HESED, SOCSARGEN CARE, TFDP, Mindanao Peoples Peace Movement, TRIPOD, Lumad Development Center, Inc., Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation, LET-PP, SOCSKSARGEND CARE, Marbel Parish, Tampakan Parish, Sagrada Pamilya Parish, OLPH Seminary, Integrated Bar of the Philippines, Kiwanis, Aliansa Tigil Mina, PMPI (KIDMACO Cluster), Irrigators, SAMATIKO, Commission on Human Rights.

Foreign participants: UN Office of High Commission on Human Rights (Geneva, Switzerland), Power Shift (Germany), Triple Eleven (11. 11. 11., Belgium)

Total participants: 49.

Back to: COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop (No. 833 July 29, 2015)

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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