The National Interfaith Humanitarian Mission (NIHM) organized by Kalinaw Mindanao kicked off yesterday with an opening program at the Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology Mini-theater.
One of the objectives of the mission is to document and collate the human rights situation in Marawi and other parts of Mindanao to demand accountability and indemnification. Simultaneous missions are also conducted in other parts of Mindanao including President Roxas, Cotabato and Matan-ao, Davao del Sur.
The NIHM will also provide relief, medical and psychosocial interventions and interfaith initiatives to least-served internally displaced persons in Iligan City, Marawi City and municipalities in Lanao.
During the forum, Kalinaw Mindanao presented the human rights situation in Marawi City amidst continuing crisis following martial law declaration.
“The declaration of martial law encouraged and justified the indiscriminate artillery and aerial bombardments that resulted to loss of lives and properties. The bombardments are also the primary reason of the enforced evacuation of more than 200,000 Maranaos and Christians from Marawi City,” Fr. Antonio Ablon of Kalinaw Mindanao and Mindanao Ecumenical Peace Platform said during the forum.
Ablon said Kalinaw Mindanao has also received reports of other human rights violations due to the continuing military offen-sives including violation of domicile, threat, harassment and intimidation of Muslim civilians who are suspected of being ISIS/Maute members or supporters. (nihm)