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The Right to Self-Determination Unboxed

by Beverly L. Longid The book enumerates existing international instruments on self-determination and liberation. It attempts a chronological presentation of developments from the articulation of self-determination and liberation as a concept to a principle and later a right of oppressed and exploited peoples, then as a legal right in international law. It maintains the legitimacy of self-determination and liberation struggles—not only in law, but more importantly, legitimacy from the justness of peoples’ struggles.

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Harvesting landlessness in Kalabugaw, Bukidnon: Oil palm plantation expansion and Lumad rights

In Southeast Asia, the expansion of corporate plantations is threatening the right to food of people living in rural communities. The rural poor are being displaced and deprived of the land and other natural resources on which they rely to produce their food (Cote & Cliche, 2011). Such is the scenario since the 1980s: plantation expansions have been particularly significant in the Philippines, one of the major producers of palm oil in the Asian continent. For the rural poor such as peasants and Lumad, these oil palm plantations have contributed to a habitat of loss which has led to destruction of livelihoods and cultures, and loss of traditional forest-related knowledge. This has also given rise to more ethno-religious and ethno-political conflicts between multiple parties (UNPFII, 2009). >>

Are the mandatory representatives voicing out the aspirations of Lumad communities?

Despite the crafting of legal mechanisms such as the adoption of the General Assembly of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) in 2007 and the Philippines’ Republic Act No. 8371 (Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1997 or IPRA) that assure the recognition and protection of Indigenous Peoples (IP) rights to improve their living conditions, these rights have been continually abused, exploited and manipulated because the government failed to fully implement these instruments. >>

Datu Mankalasi and the historical struggle of Agusan Norte's Higaonon people in defense of land

The community is already awake before the first sign of light touches the sky. The kitchen fire has started burning cooking a day’s meal of boiled sweet potato and cassava. The Higaonon farmers with their cigar and coffee are alert preparing for work. The children have also stirred from the hushed conversation at early morn. >>

The Impossibility of Peace: Looking at the protracted armed conflict between the GPh and the Communist-led NPA and the massive human rights violations against the Lumad

The military tactic the Government of the Philippines (GPH) is employing to address the more than four-decade armed revolution led by the Communist Party of the Philippines is counter-productive to the goal of achieving sustainable peace in the country. However, the military operations only serve to aggravate the social conditions in the country, further inciting rebellion especially from the Lumad areas. >>

Fleeing from their homes

Lumad families seek sanctuary in a school and chapel after fleeing from their homes in Purok 7, Sitio Patagon, Barangay Anticala in Butuan City last February 5. Fighting had erupted between soldiers and NPA guerrillas. >>