The Regional Human Rights Commission, ARMM (RHRC, ARMM) expresses its continued concern over the current crisis in Marawi City. The clashes that erupted between local armed groups and the government security forces in the afternoon of May 23, 2017 have exposed the residents to grave threats of bodily harm and injury. RHRC grassroots monitors reported that some civilians were able to leave Marawi while others were locked inside their homes due to the escalation of firefighting in the area. The breakdown of the peace and order situation was addressed by the declaration of Martial Law in Mindanao by the President.
In the midst of ongoing military and law enforcement operations in Marawi City and the present state of Martial Law in Mindanao, the RHRC reminds military and police personnel to fully respect human rights and protect innocent civilians at all times.
RHRC calls on all its partners, the monitors and those in the civil society organizations (CSO) to work with us to ensure that no human rights violations
are committed against residents. We then urge the government to address
the needs of the affected communities.
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ATTY. ABDULNASSER A. BADRUDIN
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