Human rights abuses continue unabated in Northern Mindanao, group says

News Philippines Apr 13, 2018 at 3:10 pm

NMR-Fact-finding-missionBy Jigger J. Jerusalem

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines – Cases of abuses against civilians allegedly perpetrated by state security forces continue to pile up in parts of Northern Mindanao as martial rule is still in effect in Mindanao, a report of a fact-finding body revealed Monday.

Conducted by the Northern Mindanao region team of the International Fact-Finding and Solidarity Mission (IFFSM), the group of investigators from various sectors found out that there were dozens of victims of different human rights violators in Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental provinces from January to March, this year.

The report was the result of the four-day investigation conducted by the group last week and was presented to the media during a press conference here Monday.

The IFFSM is spearheaded by Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas (KMP) and participated in by representatives composed of farmers, indigenous people, lawmakers, church people, human rights advocates and defenders.

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