• Bangsamoro bill ensures human rights protection

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    COTABATO CITY, Maguindanao: The proposed Bangsamoro government will protect and respect human rights because it is among its primary responsibilities assured under the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), according to Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Regional Human Rights Commissioner Alikhan Abuat on Friday.

    “It is imperative to not only address the issues and concerns regarding human rights, but also matters that cover transitional initiatives that are impartial to all parties in regard of truth, justice, reparations, and institutional reforms, all in conformity with the international legal standards and obligations since the BBL mandates the establishment of a Bangsamoro Human Rights Commission,” he said.

    Abuat cited Article II of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which requires the State to ensure that cases in which a person’s rights or freedom is violated should be resolved immediately.

    He urged the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) to consider carefully the transitional justice needs of the Bangsamoro, which requires assessing all the root causes of the underlying conflicts that have resulted in gross human rights violations.

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