IP,NCIP leaders report CPP-NPA atrocities before UN in Geneva

IP,NCIP leaders report CPP-NPA atrocities before UN in Geneva

The atrocities perpetuated by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples' Army (CPP-NPA) in the country is now being made known not only here but also on the esteemed halls of United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland.
Some members of the indigenous peoples’ community, together with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) are in Geneva seeking help from the international body to support their causes against the communist armed movement (CPP-NPA) in the Philippines, which they blamed for the killings and grabbing of their ancestral domains.

Eight IP leaders made a presentation during a side event of the 42nd session of the UNHRC where UN officials and member state representatives were present.
Indigenous peoples' leaders pose in front of the United Nations Office in Geneva, Switzerland.
(photo credit to PNA)

"We need your help because, for the past 50 years, the CPP-NPA has come to our ancestral domains to steal the peace and development that we have. They destroy our families, they destroy our cultures, and they destroy the future of our next generation," said Datu Panuliman James Binayao from the Manobo-Talaandig Tribe of Maramag, Bukidnon.
Joining Binayao in Geneva were Datu Awing Apuga of the Ata Manobo tribe, Datu Nestor Apas of Langilan Tribe, Chiary Balinan of Ata Tribe in Paquibato, Magdalina Iligan of Mananwa Tribe, Anna Jessamae Crisostomo of Ovu Manuvu Tribe, and Datu Langilan Asenad Bago and Datu Joel Dahusay of the Matigtalomo Tribe in Davao del Norte.
During the side event, Secretary Allen Capuyan, NCIP chairperson, said the government continues to support IP communities.

"The world deserves to know the truth. The Philippine government is a promoter, protector, and fulfiller of the rights of every Filipino citizen, especially its indigenous peoples' brothers and sisters, and it does so guided by a clear normative framework on indigenous peoples rights," he said, as he scored the "lies and deception" painted against the government.

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