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The Philippines: Renewing Prospects for Peace in Mindanao

Asia Report N°281, 6 July 2016

This photo taken on March 27, 2014 shows Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels attending a rally in support of the peace agreement with the government inside Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat town, on southern island of Mindanao. The Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) ended its rebellion on March 27 when its leaders signed a deal in Manila with the government that would create a new, autonomous Muslim homeland in the southern Philippines. AFP PHOTO/TED ALJIBE

Hopes are high that one of the world’s longest-running civil conflicts can be resolved in the Philippines. The newly-elected president must act on his commitment to the outgoing administration’s promise of autonomy for the southern Bangsamoro (Muslim Nation) population. Failure to do so risks more lawlessness or reigniting the insurgency.

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The Philippines: Renewing Prospects for Peace in Mindanao, Asia Report N°281, 6 Jul 2016

Hopes are high that one of the world’s longest-running civil conflicts can be resolved in the Philippines. The newly-elected president must act on his commitment to the outgoing administration’s promise of autonomy for the southern Bangsamoro (Muslim Nation) population. Failure to do so risks more lawlessness or reigniting the insurgency.

The Philippines: Dismantling Rebel Groups, Asia Report N°248, 19 Jun 2013

The Philippines has had some recent success in winding down decades-long negotiations with rebel groups, but achieving peace with the country’s biggest insurgency, in Mindanao, requires both new energy and fresh thinking.

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The Philippines: Breakthrough in Mindanao, Asia Report N°240, 5 Dec 2012

The next round of talks between the Philippines’ largest Muslim insurgent group and the government is a crucial step towards implementing a sweeping peace agreement signed in October.

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The Philippines: Local Politics in the Sulu Archipelago and the Peace Process, Asia Report N°225, 15 May 2012

Politics in the Sulu archipelago could be an unforeseen stumbling block for a negotiated peace with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) in the southern Philippines.

The Philippines: Indigenous Rights and the MILF Peace Process , Asia Report N°213, 22 Nov 2011

The Philippine government and Muslim rebels need to take concrete steps to address the precarious situation of indigenous peoples, known as the Lumad, to secure their support for the peace process on the southern island of Mindanao.

The Philippines: A New Strategy for Peace in Mindanao?, Asia Briefing N°125, 3 Aug 2011

The Philippine government is experimenting with a creative but risky new strategy to resolve the conflict in Mindanao.

The Philippines: Back to the Table, Warily, in Mindanao, Asia Briefing N°119, 24 Mar 2011

The success of peace talks between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will depend on each side convincing the other that it has the will and capacity to deliver – and both have doubts.

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The Communist Insurgency in the Philippines: Tactics and Talks, Asia Report N°202, 14 Feb 2011

Peace talks beginning tomorrow in Oslo may be the best hope in years for halting an insurgency that has prevented development in large parts of the Philippines.

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Philippines: Pre-election Tensions in Central Mindanao, Asia Briefing Nº103, 4 May 2010

Whatever the outcome of the Philippine elections on 10 May, the new government should make Mindanao a priority, devoting serious attention to the peace process, the dissolution of private armies and justice for the 2009 Maguindanao massacre.

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The Philippines: After the Maguindanao Massacre, Asia Briefing N°98, 21 Dec 2009

The massacre on 23 November 2009 of 57 men and women by the private army of a warlord allied to Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo shocked the country and the world.

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