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Indigenous people nominated for global rights award

MANILA (UCAN) : The indigenous people of the southern Philippine region of Mindanao, collectively known as the Lumad, have been nominated for an annual human rights award in Belgium.

The nomination came after some 3,000 indigenous people fled their homes in fear of attacks by armed militias to seek refuge in temporary shelters in the provinces of Surigao del Sur and Davao del Norte.

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Calls to stop the genocide grow louder

MANILA (UCAN) : Church groups in The Philippines have joined their voices with an ever growing number of people calling for a stop to attacks on indigenous peoples and the murder of tribal leaders in the southern region of Mindanao.

“It is our utmost obligation to hear the cry for help and stand with the poor,” Sister Francis Anover, the national coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of The Philippines, said.

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Indigenous peoples march on Manila

MANILA (Agencies) : Hundreds of people from indigenous groups in the southern Philippines launched a 1,000-kilometre walk to the national capital, Manila, to dramatise their call for an end to the attacks being made by military and paramilitary forces on tribal communities in troubled Mindanao.

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Massacre investigation faces military harassment

DAVAO (UCAN) : Church groups working in tribal villages in Mindanao are accusing The Philippine Armed Forces of harassment and of maligning the credibility of a Church investigation into the murders of indigenous peoples in the area.

“The military harassed the group that investigated a reported massacre last week,” Reverend Christopher Ablon, from the Philippine Independent Church, said on September 7.