Commission on Bangsamoro transitional justice to work on healing and reconciliation PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 05 October 2014 14:35

The Transitional Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC), recently constituted by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) peace panels, was formally launched yesterday in Cotabato City.

The TJRC will study and recommend to the peace panels the appropriate mechanisms to address the legitimate grievances of the Bangsamoro people, historical injustices, and human rights violations and marginalization towards healing and reconciliation. The commission’s work is part of the normalization process specified in the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro.

GPH peace panel chair Prof. Miriam Coronel-Ferrer and MILF peace panel chair Mohagher Iqbal will be attending the first public event of TJRC that will start at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow at Jehan Hall, Alnor Hotel, in Cotabato City.

“The objective of this event is to present the terms of reference for the TJRC, its mandate and conceptual approach, and engage in interactive dialogue between the Bangsamoro and the broader stakeholder community, which includes representatives from local and international organizations, multilateral agencies, academe, media, and private sector,” TJRC Chairperson Mo Bleeker said in the invitation to the event.

In September, the GPH and MILF peace panels welcomed Bleeker as the TJRC chair, and members Atty. Cecilia Jimenez (as GPH representative) and Atty. Ishak Mastura (as MILF representative). The TJRC will be joined by Jonathan Sisson as its senior adviser.

Coronel-Ferrer  said that the “the TJRC will hold public events in Cotabato City and Manila to introduce themselves to the public at large as well as to begin its work with respect to the public consultations it is mandated to undertake.”

“The TJRC will recommend programs and measures that will address historical grievances and bring about the reconciliation of the different communities that have been affected by the armed conflict. Their work will be crucial in the normalization process which aims for the return to or the building of peaceful communities in Mindanao,” said Coronel-Ferrer.

Swiss ambassador to the Philippines Ivo Sieber will open the event.