'Help Us!' NCIP, and IP leaders appeared before UN in Geneva to report atrocities by the CPP-NPA

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Manila - United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday, where members of the indigenous peoples’ community, together with the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP), appeared, to give an update about the atrocities committed by the Communist Party of the Philippines-New Peoples' Army (CPP-NPA) in the country.

According to a report by the PTV, The presentation was made during a side event of the 42nd session of the UNHRC where UN officials and member state representatives were present.

Indigenous Peoples (IP) leaders asked for help from the international body to support their cause against the communist armed movement in the Philippines, which they blamed for the killings and grabbing of their ancestral domains.
"We need your help because, for the past 50 years, the CPP-NPA has come to our ancestral domains to steal the peace and development that we have. They destroy our families, they destroy our cultures, and they destroy the future of our next generation," said Datu Panuliman James Binayao from the Manobo-Talaandig Tribe of Maramag, Bukidnon.
During the side event, Secretary Allen Capuyan, NCIP chairperson, said the government assured to continue to support IP communities.

"The world deserves to know the truth. The Philippine government is a promoter, protector, and fulfiller of the rights of every Filipino citizen, especially it's indigenous peoples' brothers and sisters, and it does so guided by a clear normative framework on indigenous peoples rights," he said, as he scored the "lies and deception" painted against the government..
Meanwhile, Capuyan also noted that the functioning NCIP in itself reflects government commitment to the IPs presented policies and programs crafted by the Philippines that seek to further protect the rights of the IP.
"The state-led indigenous people's participation framework sustains the active involvement of indigenous peoples in government decision-making, especially in self and community development," he said.

Moreover, Some IP leaders went to the United Nations Headquarters in New York City. Last July, to appeal for an investigation into the attacks committed by the CPP-NPA and urged them to help end the escalating violence fueled by the communist armed conflict in the country.
Representatives of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR) has promised that they are “fully committed” to look into the plea.
President Rodrigo Duterte has formed a national task force to work out a mechanism to help end the decades-old communist insurgency.
The National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), which is contained in Executive Order 70, seeks to institutionalize a “whole-of-nation approach” in attaining an inclusive and sustainable peace.
The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. 

Source: PNA

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