Friday, April 20, 2007

Stop the War in Mindanao

by Stop the War Coalition-Philippines 2007-04-19 6:30 PM +0800
Proof of MNLF coddling JI and ASG must be presented; US Troops Out

As hostilities between the Philippine military and the Moro National
Liberation front escalate in Mindanao, we from the Stop the War
Coalition - Philippines, a broad coalition of social movements,
NGOs, and other organizations, join the call for an immediate
ceasefire, a return to the negotiating table, and full, substantive,
and meaningful self-determination for the Moros, indigenous, and
other oppressed peoples in Mindanao.

We demand convincing and unequivocal proof behind the government's
reason for its military offensive – i.e. that the Moro National
Liberation Front is coddling 'terrorists.' We reject the manipulative
use of the threat of 'terrorism' against the Moro people and we
reject military solutions to address the said threat.

We demand the immediate withdrawal of the US troops who have been
permanently stationed in Mindanao since 2002 and we demand that they
play absolutely no role whatsoever – whether in providing
intelligence or assisting in operations – in the ongoing conflict.

We call for justice for all those who have been killed, tortured, or
detained and we demand accountability and punishment for all

We demand relief and rehabilitation for all those who have been
displaced by the war, protection for all civilians, and compensation
for all those who have been affected.

We call on the media to report on the war fairly and accurately. We
demand that journalists refrain from being the mouthpiece of the
military and we demand that they should have the courage to challenge
and verify the military's claims.

We call for the full implementation of the peace agreements and we
call for the expulsion of hawks in the military and in the government
who have been working to undermine it. We demand the immediate
release of Nur Misuari who has been illegally detained for five years
without any trial.

We stand in solidarity with all those who stand for lasting peace and
genuine self-determination.

Stop the War Coalition-Philippines

17 April 2007


Alliance of Genuine Labor Organizations (AGLO) / AKBAYAN!
Akbayan! Youth / Alab Katipunan
Alliance of Progressive Labor (APL) / ALMANA
ALYANSA! Anak Mindanao Party (AMIN)
ASSALAM Bangsamoro / ASSALAM Party
Bagong Kamalayan Collective, Inc / Bangsamoro People's Solidarity
Billah Islam / BISIG-Youth
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP) / Coalition Against Trafficking of Women Asia
Pacific (CATW-AP)
Filipino Democratic Movement (FilDem) / Focus on the Global South
Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC) / Gathering for Peace
Institute for Popular Democracy (IPD) / International South Group Network (ISGN)
Juan Makata / Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission – Association of
Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines K! / Kalayaan NCR-BLC
KAAKBAY / AFDM Kagan People's Forum – Mindanao
KANLUNGAN Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya
KOMPAK / Laban ng Masa (LnM)
League of Urban Poor for Action / Liga Manggagawa
MAKABAYAN Pilipinas Movement for Student Power (MASP)
PANGISDA / Partido Manggagawa
People's Task Force for Bases Clean UP Philippines
Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement

Philippine Peace and Security Council Pambansang Kaisahan ng Magbubukid sa Pilipinas
PKSK / Progressive Organization of Worker Advocates (PRO-WORKER)
Resource Center for People's Development (RCPD)
Samahan ng Demokratikong Kabataan (SDK) / SANLAKAS
Solidarity of Unions and Labor Organizations for a New Government (SULONG)
Task Force Subic Rape / Teatrong Bayan
Women and Gender Commission AMRSP / Women and Gender Institute
Women's Legal Bureau, Inc / YES to Change!
Young Moro Professionals Network / Youth for Nationalism and Democracy (YND)

ENDORSED BY (as of 18 April 2007):
Asian Women Human Rights Council- Philippines / Balay Rehabilitation Center
CONZARRD Inc. / GZO Peace Institute
Jihad-al-Akbar Org
Lolas Kampanyera / Comfort Women Survivors Group Mindanao Solidarity Network
Wedpro Inc. Xaverian Missionaries

Fr. Archie Casey SX
Lennard Daoud P Tan
Sheila May Tan

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