UN report excluded IP leaders' testimonies vs. CPP-NPA - National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)

UN report excluded IP leaders' testimonies vs. CPP-NPA - National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP)

There is a strong sentiment that has been left behind which would definitely change the perception of the United Nation’s Office of High Commissioner on Human Rights (UN-OHCHR) as regards the overall situation of human rights in the country.

The National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) has raised the called on the United Nations’ body principally because the statements provided by chieftains and elders of different Philippine tribal communities could have served as a "strong testament" of their resistance against the presence of New People's Army (NPA) rebels in their ancestral domains.

In their response letter sent to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, NCIP Chair, Secretary Allen Capuyan, expressed his dismay saying the report has totally “failed to correctly depict" the situation of indigenous cultural communities/indigenous peoples (ICC-IP) of the Philippines.

National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) Chair Allen Capuyan
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“IP communities have similarly expressed deep sadness and frustration that their testimonies have been disregarded in favor of the reports from groups claiming to be civil society and non-government organizations from the Philippines,” NCIP chair Capuyan said in the letter dated May 30.
In the UN report it states that: “People who disagree with government policies and criticize them, including in international fora, should not be vilified as terrorist sympathizers. Indigenous peoples should not be victims of a tug-of-war between the state, non-state armed groups, and business interests.”

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