Civil society in Lanao Sur conducted a forum on transitional justice and reconciliation (TJR) at MSU-main campus to know the government’s program for Marawi’s rehabilitation and to determine the relevance of transitional justice and reconciliation in reconstruction phase.
“There are many things to consider in the actual rehabilitation of Marawi and such must reflect the perspectives of the Maranao constituents,” said Guiamel Alim, chairperson of CBCS, the main resource person.
Alim believed that transitional justice– its framework and mechanism, can help rehabilitate Marawi. He however emphasized the need to integrate Maranao’s perspectives and plans in the whole reconstruction process.
In that forum, participants had a workshop and results were deliberated in a plenary.
Transitional justice is substantially part of the Normalization Annex of the GPH-MILF Peace Agreement.
The newly legislated Bangsamoro Organic Law mandated the creation of an agency which will help implement the recommendations of the TJRC to address the historical injustices suffered by the Bangsamoro people.
This will delve on the legitimate grievances, human rights violations, land dispossession, and systemic marginalization of people.
Experts opined that while TJR meditated of “historical injustices, it must also include the current injustices” to make the whole process reflective of the realities and responsive to the pressing needs.
CSOs have to invoke all the constitutional guarantees for social justice to uphold inclusive participation of all to democratize conflict transformation and the reconstruction of Marawi.
Strengthening all levels of cooperation for an “inclusive, culturally sensitive, peace-enabling and transparent process in rebuilding Marawi” is possible if the entire structure mandated to reconstruct Marawi opens and broaden its understanding on participatory governance– making it people-centered in approach.
The forum was made possible through Maradeca Inc., in partnership with CARITAS Australia, Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society (CBCS), and Institute of Peace and Development in Mindanao (IPDM).
The forum was facilitated by CBCS.
It was conducted on May 5, 2018 at IPDM Conference Hall, MSU-main, Marawi City. (Saimah Baulo and Norhana Dirampa)