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Petition Campaign for Dialogue, Humanitarian Action and Ceasefire in Zamboanga City - September 9, 2013

DECLARE A HUMANITARIAN CEASEFIRE IN ZAMBOANGA CITY, NOW!

A Petition Campaign in Support for Dialogue, Humanitarian Action and Ceasefire

WE, THE UNDERSIGNED PEACE ADVOCATES, CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS AND CONCERNED CITIZENS, SERIOUSLY APPEAL IN CALLING FOR DIALOGUE and THE IMMEDIATE DECLARATION OF HUMANITARIAN CEASEFIRE in the conflict-affected barangays in Zamboanga City to address the standoff since September 9, 2013.

Specifically, we urge H.E. Benigno Simeon Aquino III, MNLF Chair Nur Misuari, Mayor Isabelle Climaco, Sec Teresita Deles, and the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) to heed the following
calls:

1. We call for an immediate stop to the firefight and a prompt and orderly redeployment of forces – both the MNLF and the AFP to address the alarming evacuee situation;

2. We call on both parties to immediately delineate a humanitarian corridor where civilians and injured combatants may be safely assisted with their humanitarian needs;

3. Generate public support towards broad humanitarian action by allowing full access and the entry of humanitarian groups to complement existing efforts of the local government, DSWD, and civil society in Zamboanga City;

4. We call for both parties to dialogue and allow for sufficient space for peaceful negotiations to take place;

5. We strongly recommend that those who are responsible for the deaths, destruction of properties and other human rights violations will be held fully accountable;

6. We appeal to the Philippine Government and its Office on the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) to translate its policy in addressing the fate of the MNLF peace process and their legitimate issues;

7. Lastly, we call for the intervention of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) in resolving this issue, sustaining the role they have long-fulfilled in ensuring the hopes for peace in Mindanao.

8. Lastly, we call on all our peoples, civil society including the media to remain calm, objective and reasonable while we continue to serve and offer our knowledge in preventing the escalation of this conflict as we guard the gains of the overall peace process in Mindanao.

We hope and pray that this matter is resolved quickly, justly and peaceably, and that equanimity prevails in the restoration of peace and order in Zamboanga City and its surrounds.

Declare a Zamboanga City-wide ceasefire now! Spare the civilians from armed hostilities! No to armed action and militarization in Zamboanga City! 

SIGNATORIES:

NATIONAL (Philippines/Mindanao)
Mindanao Peaceweavers (MPW)
Agri-Aqua Development Coalition (AADC)
Akbayan Partylist
Aksyon para sa Kapayapaan at Katarungan (AKKAPKA)
Alliance of Progressive Labor - Davao Region
Ateneo School of Government - Ateneo de Manila University
Alyansa Tigil Mina (ATM)
Balay Rehabilitation Center
Bukluran ng Manggagawang Pilipino (BMP)
Center for Agrarian Reform, Empowerment and Transformation, Inc (CARET)
Center for Peace Education -Miriam College
Civil Society Organization in Lanao del Norte -Partnership for Peace and Development
CO Multiversity
Coalition of Social Development Organizations - Sth Cotabato (CSDO-SC)
Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS)
Freedom from Debt Coalition (FDC)
Freedom from Debt Coalition -Western Mindanao Region
Generation Peace Youth Network
Guiuan Development Foundation, Inc
GZO Peace Institute
Human Rights Defenders -Pilipinas
Kabataan Consortium, Inc.
Kahugpungan-Mindanaw (KAMI)
Kalimudan Foundation, Inc. -Marawi City
Kameritanan ne Erumanen Menuvu (KEM)
Kampanya para sa Makataong Pamumuhay (KAMP)
Labor Education and Research Network (LEARN)
Lumad Mindanaw Peoples Federation
Luna Legal Resource Center, Inc.
Makabayan Pilipinas -Mindanao
Mediators Network for Sustainable Peace (MedNet), Inc.
Medical Action Group (MAG)
Mindanao Alliance of Self-Help Societies Southern Phils. Educ'l Coop Center (MASS SPECC)
Mindanao Coalition of Development NGO Networks (MINCODE)
Mindanao Congress of NGOs and NGIs (MINCON)
Mindanao Indigenous Peoples Women Development, Inc (MIPWED)
Mindanao Peoples Caucus (MPC)
Mindanao Peoples Peace Movement (MPPM) Mindanao Solidarity Network (MSN)
Paghiliusa Sa Paghidaet - Negros (PSPN)
Pakigdait, Inc
Pambansang Kilusang Samahang Magsasaka (PAKISAMA -MINDANAO)
PANDAYAN
Partido Lakas ng Masa (PLM)
Partido Lakas Masa (PLM- Mindanao)
Partido ng Manggagawa (PM)
Pax Christi Institute
Peacebuilders Community
PhilDHRRA-Mindanao
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
Philippine Misereor Partnership Inc. (PMPI)
Philippine Rural and Reconstruction Movement (PRRM)
PhilSSA-Mindanao
Power Alternative Agenda in Mindanao -Western Mindanao
Stakeholder Partnerships for Education and Lifelong Learning (SPELL) -Philippines
Rotary Club of Gen.Mariano Alvarez, Cavite
SANLAKAS
SANLAKAS- Misamis Occidental
SARILAYA
SENTRO
SIMCARRD INC
SUCCEED, INC
Sulong CARHRIHL
Tambayan Center - Mindanao
Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP)
Timuay Justice and Governance
Waging Peace-Philippines
We Act 1325
Women's Development Center, Inc - Bohol
Women and Gender Institute (WAGI)
Workers Assistance Center, Inc.
World March of Women -Pilipinas

GLOBAL /REGIONAL
Initiatives for International Dialogue (IID)
Global Network of Women Peacebuilders
Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict
(GPPAC-Southeast Asia)
Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict
(GPPAC-Northeast Asia)
Acehnese Civil Society Task Force (ACSTF-Aceh)
ALTSEAN - Burma
Asian Circle 1325
Asia - Pacific Center Responsibility to Protect (APC-R2P) Boat People SOS (Thailand)
Burma Partnership (BP-Burma)
Campaign Committee for Human Rights (CCHR-Thailand)
Child Rights Coalition Asia Secretariat
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women (CATW-AP)
Focus on the Global South (Manila, Bangkok and Delhi)
Global Network - Asia
Guahan Coalition for Peace and Justice (Guam)
Human Rights Working Group (Indonesia)
Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC-Nepal)
Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC-Nepal)
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
Karen Women Empowerment Group (KWEG -Myanmar/Burma)
KKSP Foundation, Educatn & Info Center for Child Rights (Indonesia)
National Union of Bank Employees (NUBE-Malaysia)
Network for Transformative Social Protection (NTSP-Asia)
Nabodhara (Bangladesh)
NGO Gender Group (NGO GG - Myanmar/Burma)
Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI)
Peace and Human Rights Resource Center (Thailand)
Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF)
Peace Boat
Peacebuilding Institute (Jakarta)
Peacetime Foundation of Taiwan
People's Empowerment Foundation(PEF-Thailand)
Shwe Gas Movement (SGM-Myanmar/Burma)
Thai Volunteer Service Foundation (Thailand)
The Life Skills Development Foundation (Thailand)
Women's Initiatives Network for Peace (WIN PEACE - Myanmar/Burma)
Women Making Peace ( South Korea)
World Organization Against Torture (OMCT)
Women's Organizations Network (WON - Myanmar/Burma)
World Social Forum (WSF)
World without Wars and without Violence

INDIVIDUALS
Eduardo T. Gonzalez, Ph.D.
Professor and Dean, Asian Center
University of the Philippines, Diliman
Eduardo Climaco Tadem, Ph.D.
Professor of Asian Studies
University of the Philippines, Diliman
Teresa Encarnacion Tadem, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science
University of the Philippines, Diliman
Antoinette Raquiza, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Asian Studies
University of the Philippines,Diliman
Henelito Sevilla, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Asian Studies
University of the Philippines, Diliman
Michiko Yoneno Reyes, Ph.D Associate Professor of Asian Studies University of the Philippines, Diliman
Makiko Sato (Japan)

Date: 
Monday, September 9, 2013
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