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Children's Rehabilitation Center expresses condolences to kin of victims of Ampatuan massacre in Maguindanao

First and foremost, our organization condoles with the family and relatives of the victims who were mercilessly killed in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao.  Many of those killed were women, including two people's lawyers, who were unarmed and were on their way towards following the democratic process of filing the candidacy of their kin for the coming elections.  Also among the almost 62 people killed were media persons who were there to cover the event and to facilitate the right of the public to information.

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Study exposes new forms of human rights violations vs children

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has committed "new forms" of human rights violations against children by labeling them "child soldiers," a report by a child welfare group said Friday.


Philippine Star

When Children-Victims of Child Rights Violation are tagged as 'Child Soldier'

CRC Executive Director Ma. Esmeralda Macaspac said the Philippine government uses the broad definition of ‘child soldiers’ in the Paris Principles to evade prosecution for violating children’s rights. Worse, she said, “Communities and people’s organizations branded as guerilla fronts by a paranoid regime become vulnerable to attacks and children are bound to be branded as ‘children associated with armed groups’ by virtue of being residents of these communities or children of members of such organizations.”
BY Ronalyn Olea Human Rights Watch Bulatlat.com

Batang mandirigma' ng MILF?

MUKHANG bata nga sila. Nagmamartsa, nasa pormasyon, matikas. Bitbit ang matataas na kalibre ng baril.

Ganito ang ipinakitang bidyo ni Lt. Col. Julieto Ando, tagapagsalita ng 6th Infantry Division ng Army, sa midya kamakailan bilang patunay daw ng pagkakaroon ng mga "batang mandirigma" sa MILF (Moro Islamic Liberation Front). Nakuha raw ang bidyong ito sa inabandonang kampo ni Kumander Umbra Kato sa Maguindanao. Read more »


Insights and Images

I did some work with an NGO called the Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC) on my last visit to the Philippines in Oct 2007 to January 2008.  The CRC works with children who are victims of state violence.  This set of ten images will try to tell just a small part of their current story. As some of you may know, the Philippines is in pretty rough shape these days.  It’s current government is said by human rights groups in country and internationally to be guilty of severe abuses.  It was until last year the 2nd most dangerous place in the world to be a journalist (after Iraq). Read more »


The Armed Forces of the Philippines consistently sings the same old tune as excuse for their merciless actions

The AFP is again using their same old lines of “collateral damage” and tagging children as “child soldier”, as alibi to escape from accountabilities of violating children’s rights.                    Read more »

AFP is accountable for the death of children in Datu Piang, Maguindanao

Children’s Rehabilitation Center, a child rights organization here in Southern Mindanao strongly condemned the random bombings made by the Armed Forces of the Philippines particularly the Philippine Airforce last September 8, 2008 in Datu Piang, Maguindanao which killed 6 civillians including 4 innocent children who were evacuating their community on board a motorboat. Read more »

CHR probes air assault which killed civilians

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – Philippine human rights investigators on Tuesday began a probe of the air strike which killed seven civilians in the restive southern region of Mindanao.

Mosib Tan, municipal administrator of Datu Piang town, said members of the Commission on Human Rights are currently investigating the deaths of a farming couple and their five children.


AFP slammed for killing women and children in Maguindanao

The Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC), a non-government organization helping children in armed conflict cope with trauma, today deplored the military’s aerial attack on civilians in Datu Piang, Maguindanao. As a result, at least 4 children and a pregnant woman were killed in the attack. “The women and children were already fleeing from the military operations in their barangay when they were hit. Would their lives be considered as mere collateral damage?” asked Ma. Esmeralda Macaspac, Executive Director of the CRC. Read more »

Group slams continued clashes in Mindanao at Ramadan

MANILA, Philippines - A militant human-rights group chided the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) for continuing clashes in Mindanao even during Ramadan.

Karapatan called on both camps to stop hostilities and go back to the negotiating table despite the dissolution of the government peace panel by Malacañang.