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Since the 15th Congress, Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC) has been aggressively forwarding its position regarding the bill on the Special Protection to Children in Situations of Armed Conflict (CSAC).

INTRODUCTION

 

The Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC) was established in June 1985, to help children of political prisoners under the martial law era cope with the trauma of the sudden separation and other psychological and emotional problems resulting from their parents’ detention. From a small play group of children in Quezon City, CRC’s clientele expanded to include all other children – Christian, Muslim and from indigenous tribes - who are directly and indirectly affected by armed conflict in critical regions nationwide.

 

Since the 15th Congress, Children’s Rehabilitation Center (CRC) has been aggressively forwarding its position regarding the bill on the Special Protection to Children in Situations of Armed Conflict (CSAC).

CRC, as a direct service organization helping children victims of human rights violations, including those in armed conflict situations for almost 30 years, sees the necessity to once again present our views and opinions regarding the bill at hand.

A careful scrutiny of the Bill leads us to present the following suggestions and comments on the items included in the Bill. We are strongly suggesting that the necessary revisions be made in order to carry out our objective in promoting and protecting the rights of the Filipino child.

All parties to the conflict, the Armed Forces and other Armed Groups must be treated as possible perpetrators and should not be given any special treatment or consideration. They should be on equal footing if what we are after is the welfare of the Filipino Children.

Children must always be seen as part of their sector. Their situation is mere reflection of their families’ and the society’s condition.

 

 Child Rights Violations under aquino Administration

 Monitoring from July 01, 2010 to Ocotber 31, 2012

Children's Rehabilitation Center Monitoing

Child Rights Violations under Aquino Administration

July 01, 2010 to December 31, 2011

 

In 2005, our organization, the Children's Rehabilitation Center, participated in a research commissioned by the UNICEF to determine the situation of Filipino women and children in armed conflict. The nationwide study was done in the context of intensifying human rights violations, particularly extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances, even against children.

Since the US- Arroyo regime started its relentless campaign on "war against terrorism", many children became sacrificial lambs. Their situation was pushed to further desolation with the terror and psychological trauma, geographical and social displacement, economic breakdown and disruption/disintegration of family life.

When ruthless murderer Colonel Jovito Palparan was deployed in Eastern Visayas in 2004, the region saw a series of systematic killings and human rights violations, just like what happened in Mindoro where he was formerly assigned.