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By CHERYLL D. FIEL
Like the Moro in many parts of Mindanao, evacuation has become a way of life for the Lumads . They would rather sleep in schools, at village halls or town gymnasiums than stay in their villages and bear the brunt of military operations.

A report of a fact-finding mission revealed that a de facto martial law reigns in Maria Aurora, Aurora, affecting the day-to-day lives of residents. BY TERENCE KRISHNA V. LOPEZ HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Contributor Bulatlat MARIA AURORA, Aurora (237 kms. North of Manila)- Beautiful mountain ranges, enticing rivers, winding roads, captivating green fields and rich forest…

At first glance, they looked like ordinary children. But deep within them are scarred souls and lost innocence because they are children-victims of human rights violations. On December 9, they went to see the United Nations (UN) Secretary General’s Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy to tell her their tragic stories.

Heightened militarization in the boundaries of Kalinga, Mountain Province, Abra and Ilocos Sur led to various human rights violations of the collective rights of the residents in these areas, reported a human rights watchdog in the Cordillera region. These, according to residents, are also areas where mining applications have been approved. BY ARTHUR L. ALLAD-IW…

A Bayan Muna (People First) leader who was shot and wounded by two unidentified men in Monkayo, Compostela Valley last November 30 died yesterday at the Davao Regional Hospital. Isabelo Celing, 47, barangay (village) coordinator of Bayan Muna Party List in Haguimitan was shot and wounded by armed men on board a red XRM motorcycle…

Since the fisherfolk have begun opposing the oil and gas exploration activities of NorAsian Energy Ltd, an Australian company, along the shores of Argao and Sibonga, the military has intensified their operations in the are, tearing down posters, confronting leaders and members of the local fisher folk organization, and interrogating village officials regarding the activities…

The book ‘Uncounted Lives’ features illustrations, including drawings of soldiers shooting at mosques and houses in the conflict that occurred in 2000, 2001 and 2003. These drawings and pictures offer a more concrete glimpse of the children’s experiences with armed conflict in their communities. BY CJ KUIZON Davao Today Posted by Bulatlat In North Cotabato,…

Rice fields were left untended, farm animals went astray in the pasture and could not be found one month after farmers in Dilong Valley in Tubo, Abra could not leave their homes for the farms due to a military imposition following a post-Lent five-day bombing. BY LYN V. RAMO Northern Dispatch Posted by Bulatlat HUMAN…

By dabet castañeda HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH Bulatlat Vol. VIII, No. 4, February 24-March 1, 2008 The intensifying militarization of Quezon province has forced 69 individuals to leave their homes and livelihood and literally run for their lives during the last quarter of 2007. Tales of fathers and mothers being harassed and taken to military camps…