October 1, 2014
The National Solidarity Mission (NSM) on Sept. 28-Oct.1 in Lacub, Abra was held in response to the reports of human rights and international humanitarian law violations committed by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, specifically the 41st Infantry Battalion, in the course of their military operation in the said municipality. The NSM was hosted by TULBEK and KASTAN with the Cordillera Human Rights Alliance. It was participated in by more than a hundred delegates from different regions and from national organizations.
The NSM validated the following findings:
Families of victims of human rights violations in Lacub, Abra are expected to arrive today in Manila to seek audience with representatives of Congress, Senate, and the International Committee of the Red Cross. They are also set to file a case against the Government of the Republic of the Philippines through the Joint Monitoring Committee of the GPH-NDF for the implementation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).
"The killing of transgender woman Jennifer Laude by a US serviceman is a heinous violation of human rights," Karapatan secretary general, Cristina Palabay, told the Senate today during the hearing initiated by Senator Miriam Defensor-Santiago, chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Relations.