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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

News Bits
by Jamal Matanog

IMAN binuo ng mga estudyante

Noong Pebrero 21, 2002, binuo ng mga lider ng kabataang Moro ang INDEPENDENT MORO ACTION NETWORK (IMAN) bilang pagtugon sa inilulunsad ng gobyerno na BALIKATAN, isang pagsasanay ng mga militar ng Hukbong Sandatahan ng Pilipinas at ng Estados Unidos sa lupain ng Mindanao. Sa isang Consultative Assembly, tinutulan ng mga kabataang estudyante mula sa iba’t–ibang unibersidad ng kalakhang Maynila ang BALIKATAN dahil sa epekto nito sa mamamayan partikular na sa mga Moro. Sinabi nila na lalong pinaiigting nito ang diskriminasyon sa mga Moro estudyanteng nag-aaral sa kalakhang Maynila. Sa kabilang banda, kinundina din nila ang maka-hayop at di maka-muslim na gawain ng bandidong Abu Sayyaf.

Itinatag ng Consultative Assembly ang IMAN upang mangasiwa sa pagsulong ng mga kampanya hinggil sa mga isyung kinakaharap at nakakaapekto sa sambayanang Moro, partikular na sa hanay ng kabataang Moro. Mamumuno sa IMAN ang mga delegado ng iba’t-ibang Moro youth organizations na siyang bubuo sa Council of Leaders.

Bilang panimulang gawain sumama ang IMAN sa isang raling kumundina sa bansang Israel sa panghimasok, pagbomba at pagpatay nito sa mga inosenteng sibilyang Palistino. Naging sunod-sunod na ang dinaluhan na kampanya ng IMAN kasama ang mga kaalyado niyang organisasyon hanggang sa kasalukuyan. |K|


Moro Civilians Abducted by Military

Last August 19, 2001, at around 5:40 in the afternoon, two Moro civilians were arrested by the elements of the Charlie COY command of the Philippine Army, under a certain Lieutenant R. Cabanayan of the 18th Infantry Battalion at Barangay Balobo, Lamitan, Basilan Province. The two were identified as Muddas Sabinul and Ibrahim Buwak both married and residents of Buli-buli, Sumisip, Basilan Province. They were charged with kidnapping and were alleged to be members of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

According to them, they were traveling from Buli-Buli, Sumisip, Basilan riding a single motorcycle for Isabela City to ask for a recommendation from Sumisip, Mayor Hadjiman Salliman as supplemental requirement for their application at the Basilan Electric Cooperative.

When they arrived at Badja, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan Province, they decided to change their route. Instead of following the provincial road, they passed through the Lower Badja-Danit, Balobo, a shortcut road. Upon reaching Balobo at about 5:40 in the afternoon they asked an old man if they could pass through the road near his house to avoid the dilapidated road. The old man answered, "Yes!" but advised the two not to proceed to Isabela City nor to Lamitan considering the critical condition of the community.

After a few minutes another man came and asked, "What’s going on? Are there any problems?" They responded, "Nothing sir. We just want to proceed to Isabela City but this old man advised us not to go because the situation is critical." The man supported the advice of the old man and said, "Anyway, you are safe because the military is here, you can proceed tomorrow at dawn." Convinced to stay in the community, the two civilians ate with the old man. The second man took their motorcycle, a Yamaha, RX 125 cc. including the key. He brought and parked it in the neighboring house.

A few minutes later, several military soldiers came and arrested the two travelers on charges of being Abu Sayyaf Group members. Both were hog-tied until dawn. In the morning of August 20, Lt. Rommel Cabanayan came to them and said "Dadalhin namin kayo ngayon sa mga biktima ng Abu Sayyaf sa Balobo at kapag kayo ay nakilala ng mga iyon, ibibigay namin kayo sa kanila." However, at the Balobo Elementary School nobody recognized them as the ones responsible for killing their loved ones. Despite this, the two were immediately brought to 18th IB PA Headquarters where they are being illegally detained to this day. |K|