Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission formed


Ensuring the protection and security of the Bangsamoro people, the GPH-MILF peace panels have formally created the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission recently as part of the ongoing peace process.

On October 4, 2014, foreign and local non-government organizations, civil society groups, peace monitors, local leaders and other stakeholders witnessed the launching ceremony here in Cotabato City of said Commission under the auspices of the GPH-MILF peace panel chairs Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and Mohaquer Iqbal.

The Normalization Annex under the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) provides the creation of the Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission ensuring the protection on the rights of the Bangsamoro anchored on mutual understanding, harmony and unity among the people.

GPH peace panel Chair Ferrer said one of the tasks of the Commission is to conduct an –depth study on the adverse effects of the past armed conflicts on the lives of people and communities in conflict-affected areas and submit recommendations to address noted emotional and physical trauma of the victims toward a peaceful and harmonious co-existence.

"With the noted gains of the peace negotiations, we understand each other better, whatever ill-feelings we have, caused by the long armed conflicts are totally forgotten. So our aim here is to have change, improve relationships and better understanding, then to address issues and concerns over past armed conflicts for every one of us to lead peaceful lives together as Filipinos regardless of ethnic, religious affiliation or race,” Ferrer said.

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