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August 29, 2015, Saturday
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  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas says while people have the right to peaceful assembly, they must not cause inconvenience to anyone. 6 hours ago |
  • Petron to cut prices of gasoline by P 1.45 per liter, diesel by P .70 per liter and kerosene by P .90 per liter. 6 hours ago |
  • Petron to implement oil price rollback on Aug. 30 Sunday. 6 hours ago |
  • PNP National Capital Region on full alert status due to the rally of Iglesia ni Cristo at EDSA. 6 hours ago |
  • Heavy rains pouring over several parts of Metro Manila. 9 hours ago |
  • Reward money for the arrest of the killer of Philippine eagle ‘Pamana’ rises to P 600K. 9 hours ago |
  • PAGASA monitors a low pressure area (LPA) 175 km. east of Borongan, Samar. 9 hours ago |
  • Traffic slow moving from Ortigas Avenue until Shaw Boulevard in Mandaluyong City. 9 hours ago |
  • DILG Sec. Mar Roxas & Mandaluyong City Mayor Benjamin Abalos hold meeting in Camp Crame to discuss the INC rally at EDSA. 10 hours ago |
  • Mandaluyong city gov’t PIO Jimmy Isidro says a permit was issued for INC’s rally to ‘contain’ the protest at Crossing & ease traffic. 10 hours ago |
  • Mandaluyong city government gives INC permission to hold their rally at EDSA-Shaw until Sunday. 10 hours ago |
  • INC Spokesman Edwil Zabala expects the crowd at EDSA will surge on Sunday afternoon. 10 hours ago |
  • EDSA-Shaw underpass open to motorists on Saturday morning although traffic along the southbound lane is slow. 10 hours ago |
  • INC members plan to stay at EDSA until Monday although they need to secure permit to do this. 10 hours ago |
  • Both northbound and southbound service roads of EDSA-Shaw Boulevard are impassable on Saturday morning due to INC’s rally. 10 hours ago |

International Humanitarian Law Day 2013

By Rebecca Desiree Lozada | Aug. 14, 2013 at 12:01am
Civilians caught in crossfire, child soldiers, forced evacuations, sexual violence in situations of armed conflict—these are some of the crimes that continue to beset our country as fighting continues between the government’s military forces and insurgent armed groups. People’s lives are tallied as accidental casualties of war and impunity persists. In times like this, international humanitarian law, the law of armed conflict, is a beacon that gives hope that human suffering will be abated and justice will be served on IHL violations.

In the past few years, the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court celebrated the strengthening of IHL in the country with the enactment of RA 9851, the national law on IHL, in 2009; and, the government’s ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court in 2011. The Philippines is committed to penalize war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. IHL continues to be strengthened and refined through the efforts of government and civil society in institutionalizing respect for humanity during situations of armed conflict.

On August 12, and every day, we raise our voice to call for justice for victims of varied IHL violations perpetrated against both civilians and combatants, by state and non-state actors alike, transcending age, gender or faith.

Violations cannot be allowed to be a bloody game of attacks and counterattacks. We call for thorough investigations and legal action on possible cases of IHL violations. The past year alone was rocked by the ambush of Gingoog Mayor Ruthie Guingona in Misamis Oriental; the deaths of civilians in La Castellana, Negros Occidental during an NPA operation; the reported recruitment of child soldiers by both the communist and Muslim insurgents; the use of schools as military encampment during operations; the displacement of communities in Mindanao because of BIFF-AFP clashes; among others.

Thus, while at present, both state and non-state parties appear to be more knowledgeable and committed to adherence to IHL, as borne out by their recent actuations—public apologies, release of captured soldiers, IHL education efforts—the imperative for giving teeth and heart to international humanitarian law still stands out more than ever.

On this day, in the face of these challenges, as we enjoin the world to celebrate the spirit of international humanitarian law, the PCICC vows to continue its journey towards justice and against impunity, in the hope of coming together with all the stakeholders towards a genuine and lasting peace in the country and for the love of humanity.

Ms. Lozada is National Coordinator for the Philippine Coalition for the International Criminal Court.
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