“Arson of Lumad camp reminiscent of a life in the time of Martial Law” – Peasant women group

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February 26, 2016

The AMIHAN, National Federation of Peasant Women, strongly condemns the arson of Lumad camp at United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) Haran in Davao City on February 24, 2016.

Amihan said that the barbaric attack is ironic to the celebrated “democracy and freedom” attained by the Filipinos after the EDSA People Power. The continuous harassment on the Lumad even after their displacement from their communities manifests a life in the time of Martial Law that is supposedly over 30 years ago.

“The families have suffered enough from the abuses of the military and paramilitary forces. They endured sacrifices and hardships when they were forced to leave their houses and their sources of livelihood. The ceaseless attacks prolong the Lumad’s agony and trauma they experienced from the long list of abuses and injustices”, said Amihan national chairperson Zen Soriano.

“It is apparent that there is a systematic attack on the Lumad despite the denial of the Aquino administration. The President’s inaction to the plight of the indigenous communities in Mindanao shows lack of understanding and disrespect to their right to self-determination,” Soriano added.

The group reiterated that it is time to put an end to the crimes committed against the Lumad in Mindanao. Let justice and genuine freedom and democracy prevail. Pull-out the military troops from Lumad communities and disband all paramilitary groups. ###

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