This report assesses the rights of the indigenous peoples of Mindanao—the Lumad[i]—under the last one and a half year of the administration of Pres. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III whose term ended on June 30, 2016.

This report is produced by the ‘Higala sa Lumad’ Network, an informal Lumad rights monitoring network and support group established by RMP-NMR Inc and partners under the ‘Healing the Hurt’ Project. The project is aimed at contributing to the advancement of the rights and continued development of indigenous peoples consistent with the spirit and letters of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Most of the data analyzed and presented in this report has been gathered through the ‘Higala sa Lumad’ Network’s labyrinth of community-based indigenous peoples’ rights monitors, the ‘Katungod Lumad’ Monitors. These datas had been previously released as urgent alerts or as fact sheets communicated to different local and international human rights organizations and networks from December 22, 2014 up to June 30, 2016. Other data were supplied by KARAPATAN Alliance for the Advancement of People’s Rights chapters from various parts of Mindanao, PASAKA and the Save Out Schools (SOS) Network, and from various on-line sources. These informations were then analyzed using IP rights as lens.

Part of this report has been submitted to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Philippines.

This report has been published with support from the European Union.

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[i] The collective term used for the indigenous peoples of Mindanao.