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Cover Story:
2001 MORO HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT:
More of the Same
by Erwin Francis Gaerlan

The Many Facets of Conflict Resolution
by Sophia Dimalog

The MORO HUMAN RIGHTS CENTER: A Reflection
by Erwin M. Gaerlan

The Universal Islamic Declaration of Human Rights

A Human Rights Framework For the Moro Struggle
by Cris M.Gaerlan, Jr.

Signs of Peace
by Sahara (Samira Gutoc)

Musings
by Faith Joan C. Mesa

News Bits
IMAN binuo ng mga estudyante
Moro Civilians Abducted by Military
- Jamal Matanog

Poetry Economics of War

(Continued)
The MORO HUMAN RIGHTS CENTER:
A Reflection

by Erwin Gaerlan

Development and Highlights of MHRC’s work

Its dedication to human rights work nourished the survival and maturity of MHRC.

In its initial work, MHRC developed its programs on research and documentation, relief and rehabilitation, advocate organizing and campaigns and advocacy.

While maintaining office in Metro Manila, MHRC is able to get comprehensive information and data on the Moro human rights situation by establishing a network of contacts, activists and correspondences in all Moro areas in Mindanao.

Thru the years, the MHRC consistently pursued active human rights advocacy and campaigns for the promotion and protection of Moro human rights. The MHRC launched human rights campaign both in the national and local levels. Besides Moro human rights issues, the MHRC also involves in campaigns on political issues that affects the Moro people.

The MHRC had provided countless relief missions to displaced communities in Mindanao, especially those displaced by government’s war efforts against Moro insurgents. It actively campaigned for the rights of the Internally Displaced Peoples. MHRC was able to develop a program for the rehabilitation of Moro children of war based in Manila.

MHRC also became instrumental in the formation of broad alliances among Moro organizations in Metro Manila to campaign for human rights and other issues that affect the Moro people.

Campaign and advocacy of the MHRC is also coupled with active lobbying efforts. These persistent efforts of the MHRC gained recognition even by the government. The MHRC became a member of the Presidential Human Rights Committee in 1992. A body formed by the government composed of various government agencies and non-government organizations that served as advisory committee to the President on human rights issues.

MHRC and its work gained international recognition and support by different international organizations. MHRC participated in International gatherings representing the human rights cause and issues of the Moro people.

History had witnessed that through long years of committed and consistent work and service, MHRC was able to etch its niche in the overall struggle of the Moro people for right to self-determination and the Philippine human rights movement. It has already gained its rightful place and earned its name whatever lies ahead of its future.

Next: A Reflection