Bangsamoro Center for JustPeace launches publication

Bangsamoro Center for JustPeace launches publication

The Bangsamoro Center for JustPeace in the Phil’s., Inc. (BCJP) has launched a community newsletter on May 10, 2011 held at Pagana Kutawato Native Restaurant, Cotabato City. The publication, called Tiyakap Kawagib, will be published and distributed every three months.

Tiyakap Kawagib is a Maguindanaon dialect which means “Care for Rights”. Tiyakap Kawagib is an independent grassroots Human Rights Defenders that seeks to facilitate in addressing Human Rights Violations (HRVs) committed to the Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and civilians. It is also looking towards preventing abuse and advancing human rights.

Abdulbasit Benito, BCJP- Executive Director, said that the birth of Tiyakap Kawagib was the result of the aborted signing of Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) and the plea of the grassroots to form a community based human rights watch.

It was in early 2009 the Bangsamoro Center for Just Peace in partnership with the with Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid) formed the Tiyakap Kawagib as “grassroots human rights defenders”. To date, its membership rose to 110 field volunteers who undergone basic training on human rights law and documentation. As a legacy, Tiyakap Kawagib was adopted as the name of the publication, Benito emphasized.

Danny Ambolodto, Tiyakap Kawagib volunteer based in Datu Piang, Maguindanao, shared his observation that the mainstream media is rarely highlighting the human rights violation committed to the internally displaced persons and civilians. He added that he is now certain that some of his reports could now be published through BCJPs publication, which named in respect to the commitments and gains of Tiyakap Kawagib volunteers, Ambolodto said.

Bai Noraisa Kusain, Tiyakap Kawagib volunteer from Pagaten, Datu Salibo Maguindanao is very happy knowing that their recommendation to have its own newsletter is now realized. We cannot rely on the media to publish our real sentiments and to report that our fellow Bangsamoro is suffering from human rights violations and other forms of injustices, she added.

The launching was witnessed by the Commission on Human Rights- XII, local NGO partners, line agencies including the International Non Governmental Organizations such as the Non-Violent Peaceforce (NPP), UNICEF and World Food Program (WFP).

During the program, Atty. Christina Haw-tay-Jovero, OIC- Regional Director of the Commission on Human Rights, Region- XII gave a message of support to the Tiyakap Kawagib volunteers and appreciated their endeavors as community-based human rights watch. Atty. Jovero also commends the BCJP for having a community newsletter that would serve as the mouthpiece of the civilians and human rights defenders in the community.

Shadab Mansoori of the Non-Violent Peaceforce is grateful with the partnership with BCJP & Tiyakap Kawagib for working together in finding lasting peace in Mindanao.

Ustadz Macmod Tuan, Tiyakap Kawagib volunteer in Datu Piang, delivered the closing remarks and expresses his thanks for being part of the BCJP- Tiyakap Kawagib and assures his continuous support for monitoring human rights violations in their community.

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